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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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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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FPL Energy Plans Another Wind Project for North Dakota

LCG, June 27, 2008--The North Dakota Public Service Commission was recently notified by FPL Energy that it plans to construct a 150-MW wind farm in southeastern North Dakota. The project is estimated to cost approximately $300 million and will include roughly 100 wind turbines.

The turbines will be installed on a 20-acre site in Dickey County, and construction is anticipated to commence in July 2009 and to be completed by year-end.

FPL Energy currently operates wind farms with an installed capacity of over 300 MW in North Dakota. Early this year FPL Energy filed a permit application for the Barnes County wind farm with the Commission. Approval was recently granted for the project, which will include 133 wind turbines and have an electric generating capacity of approximately 200 MW.
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