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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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Stimulus Financing Approved for Montana-Alberta Tie Project

LCG, November 20, 2009--The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) yesterday approved an agreement to support financing the construction of the Montana-Alberta Tie project, a proposed electric transmission line that will provide the first, direct link from Alberta to electricity markets in the United States.

The financing arrangement approved by the FERC utilizes the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). The arrangement, which closed on October 27, provides for Western Area Power Administration (Western) to help finance construction of the project using a $161 million loan made available through the Recovery Act.

The international line will extend northward from an existing NorthWestern Energy (NWE) 230-kV switchyard at Great Falls, Montana to a new substation to be constructed northeast of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. The new line is expected to enhance the development of wind farms along its route. Approximately 130 miles of the 214-mile long transmission line will be built in the United States.

Under the arrangement, Western will have a one-twelfth ownership interest in the line, comprising approximately 18 miles of the line, and a conditional right to 50 MW of southbound capacity. The right to the 50 MW of capacity is subject to pre-existing arrangements for the southbound capacity with current interconnection customers.

Western's use or sale of its transmission rights is subject to its open access tariff, and any capacity not used or sold by Western will be released back to Montana-Alberta to be marketed under Montana-Alberta?s tariff, with Western getting 75 percent of the revenues.

The project sponsors, Montana Alberta Tie Ltd. (MATL) and MATL LLP, expect the merchant transmission project to commence commercial operation by the fourth quarter of 2010. According to the sponsors, all of the capacity on the project was purchased by wind generator developers pursuant to an open season process. MATL LLP has received requests for 180 MW of southbound transmission service from Invenergy Wind Montana LLC and for 120 MW of southbound transmission service from Wind Hunter, LLC, each with a term of approximately 30 years.

The Department of Energy (DOE) and the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability published its Record of Decision to issue a Presidential Permit for the project in November 2008.
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