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

DTE Plans New Reactor at Fermi Nuclear Power Plant

LCG, February 14, 2007--DTE Energy announced Monday that it is preparing a license application to construct and operate a nuclear power plant that would be sited near the existing Fermi 2 reactor in Michigan. DTE stated that it is pursuing the plan given the long lead time associated with developing such a facility and that it has not fully committed to build the plant at this time.

DTE anticipates filing its application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) toward the latter part of 2008, which would meet the application submittal schedule criteria for receiving financial incentives included in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

The new reactor may cost $3 billion and provide up to 1,500 MW of baseload capacity. The existing Fermi 2 reactor commenced operations in 1988 and has an electric generating capacity of 1,100 MW.

One of the factors influencing DTE's decision to pursue the development of another reactor is the lack of emissions associated with nuclear power.
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