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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ISO New England Files Testimony for Locational ICAP

LCG, September 1, 2004--ISO New England filed testimony yesterday with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding the development of ISO New England's proposed Locational Installed Capacity (Locational ICAP) market, which is designed to attract new generation on a locational basis to improve electric reliability.

The new testimony follows ISO New England's filing of March 1, 2004, which included a proposal to create four ICAP Regions: Northeast Massachusetts-Boston, Maine, Connecticut, and Rest of Pool. In the subsequent FERC Order issued on June 2, the FERC proposed the division of the Connecticut Region into two locational ICAP Regions (Southwest Connecticut and Rest of Connecticut), to which the ISO agreed in a July 2 compliance filing.

In the June 2 Order, the FERC accepted ISO New England's proposed sloping demand curve and the locational market design; however, it rejected the transition plan and set three general issues for hearing: the parameters of the demand curve, Capacity Transfer Limits (CTLs), and capacity transfer rights (CTRs). The ISO's latest testimony addresses these issues, including a refined analysis of the estimated cost of new, peaking generation in New England.

ISO New England anticipates a final decision on the market's design from the FERC in June 2005 and implementation on January 1, 2006.

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