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

Geothermal Project Nears Full Operations

LCG, March 13, 2009--Raser Technologies Inc. plans to start delivering 7 MW of electricity next week from its new geothermal facility in Utah to the City of Anaheim, California. The plant output is expected to increase shortly up to 10 or 11 MW.

The power plant facility constructed in southwestern Utah. The system is designed for relatively small temperature differentials, which increases the potential locations that can be developed across the country.

Water is heated by geothermal energy underground, and the energy is transferred to a refrigerant, with the water reinjected underground. The facility uses an organic Rankine cycle-based power system with refrigerant, rather than steam, to generate power in a closed system that has essentially no emissions.

The facility uses 50 modular units provided by UTC Power, a division of United Technologies Corp. The facility was constructed in just over a year.
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