NRC Issues Early Site Permit to Tennessee Valley Authority for SMRs at Clinch River Site

LCG, December 27, 2019--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced on December 17 that the Commission has authorized the issuance of an Early Site Permit (ESP) for Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA's) Clinch River site near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The ESP closes several site-related issues, including many environmental impacts, for small modular reactors (SMRs) at the site. The ESP is the first issued by the NRC for SMRs and will be valid for up to 20 years from date of issuance.

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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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PG&E Executes Agreement for Solar Power from 177-MW Thermal Plant

LCG, November 6, 2007--Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) yesterday announced a power purchase agreement with Ausra, Inc. for the electric output from a 177-MW solar thermal power project proposed in central California in San Luis Obispo County. The project is planned to be operational in 2010.

The project will incorporate Ausra's Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR) solar technology designed to use the sun's energy to boil water at high temperatures to power steam turbine generators, similar to traditional fossil-fuel power plants - but without air or water emissions. According to Ausra, a CLFR collector reflects and concentrates sunlight on an elevated absorber to roughly 30 times the intensity of sunshine at the earth?s surface.

The solar collector footprint for the project will require about one square mile (640 acres) of land. Ausra filed an Application for Certification for this plant with the California Energy Commission, from which approval is required prior to construction.

California passed a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Program that requires utilities to increase their electric supply procurement of eligible renewable generating resources by one percent of load per year, with a 20 percent renewables target by the end of 2010 and a 33 percent target by the end of 2020.

Ausra is a privately held, California-based company funded by Khosla Ventures and Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers.
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