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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OG&E Announces Agreements with Developers for Two Wind Projects

LCG, September 30, 2009--OG&E yesterday announced agreements with two wind developers for wind projects located in northwestern Oklahoma. The 20-year, power purchase agreements (PPAs) are subject to review and approval by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. OG&E is the utility subsidiary of Oklahoma City-based OGE Energy Corporation.

CPV Keenan will develop a 150-MW wind farm in Woodward County, and Edison Mission Energy will develop its proposed 130-MW wind farm in Dewey County. Both developers will build, own and operate their projects, and OG&E will purchase the power generated.

The two projects are part of OG&E's plan to significantly increase its current wind power capacity by the end of 2010.

OG&E currently has 170 MW of electric generating capacity from wind resources at its Centennial and Sooner wind farms. The new 100 MW "OU Spirit" wind farm is now under construction and is scheduled to be complete this year. The two new projects, together with the two existing wind farms and the project under construction, will provide OG&E a total electric generating capacity of 550 MW from wind farms.

OG&E also announced that it plans to solicit additional proposals from wind developers in the next several months to support plans for more wind generation in 2011 or 2012.
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