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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ERCOT Board Endorses ETT's 345-kV Transmission Project

LCG, September 23, 2011--The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Board of Directors Tuesday endorsed a 345-kV electric transmission project from the Laredo area into the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The project proposal is from Electric Transmission Texas LLC (ETT), a joint venture between subsidiaries of American Electric Power and MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company.

The Board characterized the $300 million project as "critical to reliability." Last February, Texas experienced rolling blackouts during an extremely cold period, when electric loads were high and a number of generators experienced difficulties in delivering power to the grid.

ETT's President stated, "The endorsement from the ERCOT board clearly establishes the need for this transmission project and paves the way for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) application from the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT). Currently, there are only two 345-kV transmission lines serving the Valley. Both of the existing lines import power from the Corpus Christi area and run parallel to the Gulf Coast, which means both are vulnerable to hurricanes and other severe weather. The import capacity of these lines is limited, and the ability to schedule maintenance often can be a problem."

The 345-kV transmission project will extend approximately 163 miles and connect ETT?s Lobo Substation near Laredo with substations north of Edinburg. In addition, the Board supported the need for AEP Texas to reconductor two existing 345-kv lines and to upgrade substation facilities. These improvements are estimated to increase the project cost by $225 million. Given timely environmental and regulatory approvals, ETT anticipates that the project will be completed for 2016.
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