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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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Mid-Kansas Electric Company to Use Reciprocating Engines in New Power Plant

LCG, August 30, 2012--Mid-Kansas Electric Company LLC announced Monday that it will construct a 110-MW power plant that will consist of 12, natural gas-fired reciprocating engines. The estimated cost of the project is $130 million.

The use of natural gas-fired, reciprocating engines is becoming more popular in areas where renewable power generation is growing, as the reciprocating engines are a scalable means to provide flexible generating capacity to complement intermittent electricity produced by renewables.

The new facility, Rubart Station, will be the first installation of Caterpillar Power Generation Systems' new G20CM34 natural gas-fueled reciprocating engine generator sets. The new, 20-cylinder model expands on the 12 and 16 cylinder models, and the engines can generate up to 10 MW.

The project will include 12 engines that will provide flexibility to step up (or down) power generation from the plant by turning on one unit after another.

"Our members will see multiple advantages when Rubart Station comes to fruition," said the president and CEO of Mid-Kansas. "Along with being incorporated into our existing generation fleet to meet our growing load, this type of generation resource has a fast start capability, allowing for quick response to market conditions and our system?s growing integration of wind energy."

The project site is located east of Ulysses in Grant County, Kansas and was selected based upon proximity to adequate transmission, a competitive natural gas supply, and the need for voltage resources to support substantial load growth and wind generation in the area.

Project permitting activities have commenced, and construction is scheduled to begin early next year and completed by April 2014.
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