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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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SunEdison Closes on 300-MW Wind Farm in Texas

LCG, August 6, 2015-SunEdison, Inc. yesterday announced that it has closed financing and commenced construction on the 300-MW South Plains II wind farm in Texas. Citi provided the construction loan facilities for the project and BHE Renewables, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, in partnership with Citi, will invest in the tax equity. Hewlett-Packard plans to purchase 112 MW of the capacity to power 100 percent of its Texas-based data centers as part of the company's sustainable cloud initiative. An affiliate of Citi will purchase the remaining 188 MW capacity.

The South Plains II project, located in Floyd County, will use wind turbines supplied by Vestas. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2016. Operation and maintenance will be performed by SunEdison Services. Upon completion, TerraForm Power anticipates acquiring the project, which is forecast to generate approximately 1,200 gigawatt-hours of energy each year.

The president of BHE Wind, a division of BHE Renewables, stated, "Our company has been a leader in wind project development and ownership. As we look for new ways to be involved in developing renewable generation, we see tremendous opportunity to move the industry forward through investment in the tax equity market."
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