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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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NY Contingency Plan for Nuclear Reactor Closures Advances

LCG, February 6, 2013--Consolidated Edison, Inc. and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) filed with the Public Service Commission (PSC) on February 1 to seek regulatory approval to issue a solicitation for resources to replace the Indian Point nuclear power plant should it be retired.

The proposal from the companies includes three transmission projects (NY Transco projects) and a Request for Proposals (RFP) process initiated by NYPA to consider generation and/or transmission alternatives. The PSC would lead the RFP assessment, with definitive plans to be presented to the PSC for approval by September 2013.

The need for the new resources is driven by the Governor's Energy Highway, a Blueprint for New York that was released last fall. The Blueprint calls for a contingency plan to provide for the closure of the 2,063-MW Indian Point Power Plant. Furthermore, last November the PSC directed Consolidated Edison to develop with NYPA a contingency plan for the closure of the facility. NYPA is a state-owned generator that supplies power to government customers in New York City, and Consolidated Edison is an investor-owned energy company.

The Governor of New York has expressed his desire to close the nuclear reactors, located about 40 miles north of Manhattan along the Hudson River, when the operating licenses expire in September 2013 and December 2015. The governor has stated that even the most unlikely possibility of an accident is too much in the heavily populated area.

The owner of Indian Point, Entergy, claims the reactors are safe and filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in 2007 to renew the Indian Point operating licenses for a 20-year extension.
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