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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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Southern Heads North to Add Renewable Generation

LCG, July 6, 2016--Southern Co. announced yesterday that its subsidiary, Southern Power, has acquired its first project in Maine, the Passadumkeag Windpark, located in Penobscot County. The 43-MW wind project was purchased from an affiliate of Quantum Utility Generation, which developed and built the project. EDF Renewable Services will serve as the balance-of-plant (BOP) operations and maintenance contractor. Construction began last year and is expected to be completed shortly after this acquisition.

The Passadumkeag Windpark will consist of 13 wind turbines manufactured by Vestas-American Wind Technology Inc. According to Southern Power, the majority of the electricity and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) produced by the facility are sold under a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to Eversource Energy. Southern Power plans to retain a small percentage of the electricity and RECs generated, which it may keep or sell.

The project is consistent with Southern Power's business strategy of growing its wholesale business through the acquisition and construction of generating assets substantially covered by long-term contracts.

"Southern Power's acquisition of Passadumkeag Windpark extends our national presence to 10 states," stated the President and CEO of Southern Power. "This exciting project adds to a dynamic renewable energy portfolio that is delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable generation to wholesale customers across the country."
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