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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DOE Clears the Path to Build Coal Plant Employing IGCC Technology

LCG, April 3, 2007--The Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that it has executed a Record of Decision that, according to the DOE statement, "clears the path for construction of a $569-million, 285-megawatt coal-fired power plant that will be one of the cleanest, most efficient plants of its kind in the world." The new plant will be built near Orlando, Florida at the existing Stanton Energy Center that is owned by the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC).

The new coal plant will employ an integrated gasification-combined cycle (IGCC) technology based on the transport gasifier that Southern Company and others have been developing at the Power Systems Development Facility near Wilsonville, Alabama. The transport gasifier offers a simpler method to generate power from coal and is cost-effective when handling low rank coal, as well as coals with high moisture or high ash content. The DOE will provide a $235 million federal grant for the development of the advanced coal plant.

The new facility will be co-owned by Southern Power Company (the unregulated subsidiary of Southern Company), OUC, and Kellogg, Brown and Root. Operations of the new facility had been planned previously announced to commence in 2010.

The project is one of three, demonstration projects receiving funding through the federal Clean Coal Power Initiative (CCPI), a 10-year, $2-billion demonstration program designed to improve the environmental performance of coal-fired power plants in the United States. The other two projects are Excelsior Energy Inc. and ConocoPhillips? 531-MW Mesaba Energy Project in Minnesota, and the Pegasus Technology Project, which combines Pegasus Technologies Inc. with Texas Genco to demonstrate technology advancements to reduce emissions.

Southern Company's wholly owned utility, Mississippi Power Company, is also developing an advanced coal plant. Last December, plans were announced to build a 600-MW power plant fueled by lignite in Kemper County, Mississippi that would use an advanced gasification technology developed by Southern Company. The estimated cost of the facility is approximately $1.8 billion. The project is to receive over $133 million in tax credits from the DOE as a result of the National Energy Policy Act of 2005. The Mississippi plant is scheduled to commence operations in June 2013.
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