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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Duke Files to Build Two Coal-fired Units at Cliffside Steam Station

LCG, June 7, 2006--Duke Energy Carolinas filed on June 2 an application and supporting testimony with the North Carolina Utilities Commission to expand and upgrade the Cliffside Steam Station, located in Rutherford and Cleveland counties, North Carolina. The "Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity" (CPCN) application includes provisions to construct two, 800-MW coal-fired units.

Duke filed preliminary CPCN information for the Cliffside project with the North Carolina Utilities Commission in May 2005. The potential investment to build the two electric generating units is $2 billion. The first unit is scheduled to commence operations in 2011.

Duke's proposal for Cliffside includes the retirement of units 1-4, with a capacity of 160-MW.

The expansion at Cliffside is in addition to Duke's planned construction of two new nuclear reactors that would be jointly developed with Southern Company and located in South Carolina. "It is fundamental to our new generation strategy, which also includes moving ahead with an option to build a 2,234-megawatt nuclear plant in Cherokee County, South Carolina, and pursuing additional conservation programs and renewable technologies," said Duke Energy Carolinas President Ellen Ruff.
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