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

KU & LG&E Moving Forward on New Combined Cycle Plant at Cane Run

LCG, August 21, 2012--Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities (KU) recently awarded PCL Industrial Construction (PCL) and Black & Veatch a $583 million contract to design and build a new natural gas-fueled power plant at the Cane Run Station, located in southwestern Louisville.

LG&E and KU announced plans for the combined cycle plant last September. The project is intended to offset in part the retirement of coal units at Cane Run, Green River and Tyrone Stations caused by new federal regulations imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The coal-fired units are scheduled to be retired by 2016.

The companies requested in a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) filed last September with the Kentucky Public Service Commission approval to build a 640-MW, natural gas-fired combined cycle generating unit at Cane Run Station.

The new Cane Run facility will incorporate Siemens advanced technology gas turbines and will provide approximately 660 MW of electric generating capacity.

Commercial operation of the Cane Run Station began in 1954. Three of its six coal-fired units are now retired; the remaining Units 4, 5 and 6 provide a combined net generating capacity of 563 MW.

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