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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Sempra Generation Invests in Fowler Ridge Wind Farm Expansion

LCG, September 18, 2009--Sempra Generation, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, yesterday announced that it is now an equal partner with BP Wind Energy in the development of the second phase of the Fowler Ridge Wind Farm in Indiana. Fowler Ridge II Wind Farm is a 200-MW expansion of a 400-MW wind farm located in Benton County.

BP Wind Energy began construction on the expansion in July of this year. The 200-MW capacity addition is scheduled to deliver power to the grid in the first quarter of next year.

There are four, 50-MW, long-term power purchase agreements (PPA's) for the electricity generated from the Fowler Ridge II Wind Farm. Three agreements are with operating units of American Electric Power (AEP), and one PPA is with Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana.

The Fowler Ridge II Wind Farm is on a 17,000-acre site located approximately 90 miles northwest of Indianapolis. The expansion includes 133 GE wind turbine generators, each with a rated capacity of 1.5 MW.

Construction began on the initial phase of the Fowler Ridge Wind Farm in early 2008, and full commercial operation was achieved in April of this year. Phase I includes 182 Vestas 1.65-MW turbines and 40 Clipper 2.5-MW turbines.
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