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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Wind Power Energized by Production Tax Credit

LCG, September 28, 2004--The House and Senate approved the Production Tax Credit for wind generation, and President Bush is expected to sign the legislation shortly. The credit, which provides for 1.5 cents for kilowatt-hour of electricity produced, had expired at the end of last year, seriously undermining the economics of new wind projects. The legislation will extend the tax credit retroactively from January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2005.

Wind generation in the United States has grown rapidly. An estimated 1,687 MW of capacity was added in 2003, with total wind capacity approaching 6,400 MW. However, when the production tax credit became bogged down in the national energy bill, investments in wind projects in 2004 were put on hold.

Wind developers are now ready to move forward with the production tax credit extended and other market drivers working favorably with respect to wind. Over the past year, Eastern coal prices have risen significantly, and natural gas prices remain relatively high. With fuel prices high, wholesale electricity prices have been elevated around much of the country. Furthermore, recent state legislation and local goals for renewable portfolio standards are motivating many public and investor owned utilities to actively pursue wind projects.

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