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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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Rhode Island Offshore Block Island Wind Project Clears Department of Interior

LCG, November 19, 2008-The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) of the Department of the Interior has granted a right-of-way for the undersea transmission line that will deliver the wind-generated electricity from Deepwater Wind's 30-MW Block Island offshore project to the Rhode Island mainland.

The right-of-way extends eight nautical miles and is 200 feet wide. It is the first ever granted in federal waters for a transmission line carrying offshore wind. Last week the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council unanimously authorized a submerged land lease and licenses for the part of the underground transmission that traverses state waters.

The Block Island Wind Farm will be located approximately three miles southeast of Block Island and will consist of five, 6-MW wind turbines. Power will be exported to the mainland electric grid via the bi-directional Block Island Transmission System, a submarine cable planned to make landfall at Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett, Rhode Island. From the beach area, the cable will remain buried, beneath state roads, and eventually connect with National Grid's existing electric substation in Wakefield.

National Grid will build, own and operate the 34.5kV cable, including a new substation and switchyard. A Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) has been executed with Narrangansett Electric.

Construction is expected to begin in spring 2015, with commercial operation to be achieved in 2016.
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