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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Salt River Project Efforts to Restart Mohave Generating Station Stall

LCG, February 8, 2007--The Salt River Project (SRP) announced Tuesday that it has concluded that it will be unable to upgrade and restart the coal-fired Mohave Generating Station near Laughlin, Nevada. Negotiations with Southern California Edison, the majority owner and operator of the facility have ceased. SRP stated that it was unable to adequately address its need for timely regulatory approvals to restart the plant by 2011.

The Mohave Generating Station, with an electric generating capacity of 1,580-MW, was closed at the end of 2005, when the 35-year operating permit expired. To reopen the plant, investments expected to cost $1.1 billion are necessary for a variety of improvements, including the installation of pollution control equipment required under a 1999 consent decree. Other issues include obtaining water supplies from the Hopi and Navajo tribes.

The current owners of the facility are Southern California Edison (SCE), SRP, Nevada Power Company, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), and their respective ownership percentages are: 56, 20, 14 and 10 percent. In June 2006 SCE, Nevada Power Company and LADWP all stated that they would not participate in reopening the power plant. SRP then announced in September that it was seeking new partners to rebuild the facility and that it planned to have a final environmental impact statement by the summer of 2007.

The State of California's position to reduce carbon emissions and limit the use of electricity generated by coal-fired plants is clearly at odds with the California utilities importing power from the Mohave Generating Station. SCE stated that it would continue to explore options, including the sale or decommissioning of the facility.

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