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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Industry News

East Coast Weather Brings Record Energy Demand

LCG, January 28, 2003-Mid-Atlantic states have been experiencing nearly two weeks of cold weather, increasing demand for electricity to record levels.

PJM Interconnection, responsible for transmission for much of the mid-Atlantic region, has said that demand on Thursday of last week peaked at 55,031 megawatts, over 4,000 megawatts higher than the previous record demand of 50,864 megawatts, which was recorded two days prior.

The daytime high temperature on that Thursday, January 23, was 17 degrees Fahrenheit (or minus 8 Celsius). Before this year's demand record, the winter record in for PJM Interconnection was 50,129 megawatts, made January 27 of 2000.

PJM's all-time demand record is 63,777 megawatts, recorded August 14, 2002. Generally electricity demand is highest during the summer.

PJM serves 25 million people in Mid-Atlantic States and is connected to 71,600 megawatts of capacity.

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