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

Ontario Plans 40-MW Solar Project

LCG, April 28, 2007--The Ontario Ministry of Energy announced yesterday that it has committed to a solar project with a capacity of 40 MW through its Renewable Standard Offer Program. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2010. Since February, thirty six renewable energy projects, with a combined electric generating capacity of 250 MW, have been awarded through the Standard Offer Program.

The solar project will be installed in Sarnia by OptiSolar Farms. The project will consist of four solar farms and include over one million ground-mounted solar panels designed to convert solar energy into electricity.

The Ontario Ministry of Energy also announced that other renewable energy projects were awarded contracts through the Standard Offer Program, including: two residential-sized solar photovoltaic installations, several 10-MW wind farms and two waterpower projects with First Nations participation. All of the contracted projects are scheduled to be in service by 2010.

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