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

1250-MW Plant Completed in Arizona

LCG, Nov. 12, 2003--The Mesquite Power plant is now capable of producing 1,250 megawatts, after having begun operations with 625 megawatts during the summer, Sempra Energy Resources announced.

The plant is one of three that were completed in the Pacific Southwest this year, including the Termoelectrica de Mexicali and Elk Hills Power, outside Bakersfield, California. Donald E. Felsinger, group president of Sempra Energy Global Enterprises, said "the Completion of Mesquite Power caps a very successful year in terms of our power plant construction efforts, as we completed all three projects on time and under budget."

The plant, which is made up of two blocks of combined-cycle, gas-fired units, is located approximately 40 miles west of Phoenix, in Arlington, Arizona. Before Mesquite Power was built, roughly 250 mesquite trees and 25,000 cacti were removed from the area, and kept in a nursery for the duration of construction. The trees and cacti will be replanted through March of 2004, according to the company.
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