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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Duke's Plans for Battery Storage System Gain Momentum

LCG, April 15, 2011--Duke Energy Renewables will employ a $44 million dollar, 36-MW battery storage system to support its 153-MW, Notrees Wind Project located in west Texas. Duke's spokesperson stated that it will be the world?s largest power storage system for a wind farm after it is installed late next year.

Duke selected Xtreme Power, a manufacturer of large-scale developer of digital power systems, to design, install and operate the battery storage system. The project is funded in part by a $22 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Notrees Wind Project commenced service in April 2009. The first phase of the project is rated at 90 MW and includes 55 Vestas turbines that operate at 1.65 MWs each; the second phase is rated at 60 MW and includes forty, 1.5-MW General Electric turbines.

The Duke spokesperson stated, "In addition to supplying stored renewable energy, this battery storage system will be capable of providing other key grid services, including helping smooth out the frequency of electricity traveling throughout the power grid....One of the key intents of this energy storage project is to test and demonstrate how that added flexibility can benefit renewable-power projects throughout the country."

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) will support the project team and collect data to evaluate other potential grid applications.
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