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

New Coal-fired Power Plant Announced for Oklahoma

LCG, July 20, 2006--A group of electric utilities Tuesday announced plans to build a new, 950-MW electric generating plant in north-central Oklahoma. The project will be a joint venture of American Electric Power-Public Service Company of Oklahoma (AEP), Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company (OG&E) and the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA). The estimated cost of the new facility is $1.8 billion.

The new electric generating unit will be located adjacent to OG&E's existing coal-fired Sooner Power Plant near Red Rock, Oklahoma. The single new unit will be used to meet the growing demands for electricity in Oklahoma. The percentage ownership of the plant for AEP, OG&E and OMPA will be 50 percent, 42 percent and 8 percent, respectively. The new unit will be operated by OG&E and will burn low-sulfur coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming.

The utilities are pursuing the joint venture to reduce costs through economies of scale and through building a single unit. The project is contingent upon successful contract negotiations and regulatory approvals, including from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. According to OG&E, the project will be the first to use provisions of Oklahoma House Bill 1910 - which was signed into law last year - that allows utilities to seek pre-approval of such projects before taking on the burden of such a large expense.

Project construction could start in 2007, and operations are scheduled to commence by the summer of 2011.
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