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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Industry News

PacifiCorp Weighs Options for Coal-fired Power Plants

LCG, April 27, 2012--PacifiCorp, a unit of MidAmerican Energy Holdings, announced yesterday that future federal and state environmental requirements for its coal fleet would cost over $1 billion in coming years. As a result, its fleet is expected to reduce coal consumption and increase reliance on natural gas.

The company is evaluating a number of options at its coal plants. To comply with state and federal air quality regulations to improve visibility in national parks and wilderness areas, the company has concluded that the preferred option is to convert the 330-MW Naughton 3 coal-fired unit in Wyoming to low-cost natural gas, rather than installing new emission controls for coal that will be required after 2014.

In Utah, PacifiCorp is evaluating compliance options in response to the utility mercury and air toxics standards (MATS) at its 172-MW Carbon coal-fired plant. At this time, the company has determined the lowest cost option for the aging Carbon plant is to decommission the facility, although additional options are still be being pursued.

PacifiCorp is also developing other gas-fired facilities, including the construction of a 637-MW natural gas-fired, combined cycle plant at its Lake Side facility south of Salt Lake City. The new facility is scheduled to commence operation in the summer of 2014.
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