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NRC Issues Subsequent License Renewals for First Time to Nuclear Reactors in Florida

LCG, December 11, 2019--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff recently approved Florida Power & Light's (FPL's) application for an additional 20 years of operation for Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Units 3 and 4. This is the first time the NRC has issued renewed licenses authorizing reactor operation from 60 to 80 years. The subsequent (or second) license renewals (SLRs) for Turkey Point Unit 3 and Unit 4 now expire on July 19, 2052 and April 10, 2053, respectively.

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New York Poised to Close Last Coal-fire Power Plant

LCG, December 4, 2019--The last operating coal-fired power plant in New York is moving toward closure shortly. Last month, Somerset Operating Company, a subsidiary of Riesling Power LLC, submitted a request to the New York State Public Service Commission (NYSPSC) to waive the state's required, 180-day notice to close the Somerset Station, allowing the facility to be retired on February 15, 2020. Closure is contingent on approvals by both NYSPSC and the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), which will evaluate if it will cause an adverse effect on grid reliability.

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SUNY Stony Brook, Calpine to Boost Long Island Power Supply

LCG, January 22, 2003--An 80-megawatt expansion of the existing Bethpage cogeneration plant on the State University of New York at Stony Brook campus is planned, based on talks between Calpine Corporation, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and the university.

The project will increase the efficiency of the plant, which underwent minor expansion last summer, while allowing LIPA to purchase even more of the excess electricity not used by university facilities. The cogeneration plant, built in 1995, now has a 45-megawatt capacity, and can supply steam to the university, which has 22,000 students. The plant will be expanded first in August, with a new 45-megawatt LM6000 turbine, which will be used in peaking mode.

The second phase of expansion will take place in summer 2004, when the operation of a new steam turbine will provide an additional 35 megawatts, and allow the two newest generating unit to operate in a baseload, combined-cycle mode. The project requires some remaining approvals from the state and other local governments. "The project is a win-win situation. It will provide the campus with a reliable and cost-effective power supply well into the future and will help alleviate the current power shortage on Long Island," said Stony Brook president Shirley Strum Kenny.
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