NRC Issues Early Site Permit to Tennessee Valley Authority for SMRs at Clinch River Site

LCG, December 27, 2019--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced on December 17 that the Commission has authorized the issuance of an Early Site Permit (ESP) for Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA's) Clinch River site near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The ESP closes several site-related issues, including many environmental impacts, for small modular reactors (SMRs) at the site. The ESP is the first issued by the NRC for SMRs and will be valid for up to 20 years from date of issuance.

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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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Governor Expands California Solar Roofs Plan

LCG, August 23, 2006--California Governor Schwarzenegger yesterday signed legislation to expand the California Solar Initiative. The plan is designed to result in one million solar roofs in California by 2018.

In January 2006, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved the California Solar Initiative (CSI), a program designed to provide approximately $2.8 billion in incentives to spur development of approximately 3,000 MW of solar electric generating capacity over the period from 2006 through 2016.

With the Governor's approval yesterday of SB 1, elements of the Million Solar Roofs plan that the CPUC does not have the authority to mandate can now be implemented. For example, the plan will no longer by limited to Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric - the utilities regulated by the CPUC - but will be expanded to include the municipal-owned utilities, including the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and the Sacramento Municipal Utilities Division (SMUD).

The new legislation will also increase the number of consumers that can sell surplus electricity back to the utilities by a factor of five (from 0.5 percent to 2.5 percent).

Another key element of SB 1 is that, commencing January 2011, it will require a developer of more than 50 new single family homes to offer a solar energy system alternative to all customers.

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