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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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California Solar Initiative Approved by CPUC

LCG, January 13, 2006--The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) yesterday approved the California Solar Initiative (CSI), a program designed to provide approximately $2.8 billion in incentives to spur solar development over the period from 2006 through 2016. The goal is to develop approximately 3,000 MW of electric generating capacity utilizing solar energy.

The CSI includes incentives for customers to develop photovoltaics (PV) and solar thermal electric projects under 1 MW capacity. The initial PV incentive levels will be set at $2.80 per watt effective Jan. 1, 2006 and will be reduced by about 10 percent per year. The incentive levels for solar thermal electric projects and solar heating and cooling will be determined later this year.

The CPUC will oversee a $2.5 billion program for commercial and existing residential customers that is funded by revenues collected through gas and electric utility distribution rates. The CPUC estimates that the average cost to a residential electric customer will be approximately $12 per year and that the average residential natural gas cost will be $1.40 per year.

The California Energy Commission (CEC) will manage $350 million targeted for new residential building construction. The CEC funds have previously been allocated to the CEC to encourage renewable projects between 2007 and 2011. Existing solar programs, such as the CPUC's Self-Generation Incentive Program and the CEC's Emerging Renewables Program, will be transferred into the CSI by the end of this year.

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