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

State Lands Commission Blocks Southern California LNG Terminal

LCG, April 12, 2007--The California State Lands Commission blocked the development of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal off the coast of Southern California earlier this week with a 2-1 vote to not approve a lease permit required for the project.

A spokesperson for the project sponsor, Australia's BHP Billiton LNG International Inc., stated that the terminal would supply an amount equal to ten to fifteen percent of California's daily gas requirements. The supplemental supply of natural gas would be received by tankers from overseas and would improve reliability and potentially lower gas prices. BHP was uncertain as to its next step, which could include pursuing legal action.

The proposed, $800 million facility would be located about fourteen miles off shore from Malibu and would have a capacity of 800 MMcf/day. The LNG would be received from tankers and vaporized at the terminal. The natural gas would be transported via two, 24-inch diameter pipelines from the terminal and delivered into the gas transmission system of Southern California Gas Co.

The lease considered by the Lands Commission would have granted BHP the right to build and operate the pipelines. Commission Chairman John Garamendi voted not to award the lease permit because "serious questions remain about the project's safety and its potential impact on the environment."

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