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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NRC Accepts Application to Renew ABWR Design from GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

LCG, February 24, 2011--GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) yesterday announced that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has formally accepted GEH's application to renew the design certification for its Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) technology. The application was submitted to the NRC in December.

GEH's ABWR design was certified for U.S. construction in 1997, and the certification is scheduled to expire in June 2012. With the renewal application, GEH is requesting to incorporate revisions and extend the certification for an additional 15 years.

A spokesperson for GEH stated, "We are committed to ensure our ABWR design remains certified for immediate commercial deployment as utilities evaluate their energy priorities.... We look forward to working with the NRC to help support a timely review of our application utilizing the NRC draft guidance issued earlier this year."

The ABWR design is currently licensed in the United States, Japan and Taiwan. The Generation III design is available to meet power generation needs ranging from 1,350 to 1,460 MW net. The first two of four ABWRs operating in Japan entered service in 1996 and 1997, and five more ABWRs are currently under construction in Japan and Taiwan.

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