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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PSC of Wisconsin Rejects Alliant's Proposed Coal Plant

LCG, November 12, 2008--The Public Service Commission (PSC) of Wisconsin yesterday unanimously rejected the proposal from Wisconsin Power and Light (WPL), a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corp., to construct a 300-MW, coal-fired unit at either the Nelson Dewey Generating Station facility in Cassville or the Columbia Energy Center in Portage, Wisconsin.

WPL submitted an application to the PSC for permission to build the 300-MW facility in early 2007, and the Commission determined the application to be complete on December 19, 2007. The estimated cost of the new unit rose from $777 million to nearly $1.3 billion, and the PSC concluded that the project was too costly relative to alternatives. A Commissioner stated, "The record clearly demonstrates that there are alternatives that are more economically and environmentally sound."

Uncertainties regarding carbon legislation also played a role. Commission Chairperson Eric Callisto stated, "We are at a unique juncture in this country, and in Wisconsin, and decisions regarding new sources of electric generation need to account for the likely future costs of complying with constraints on carbon emissions."
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