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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Wind Power Output in ERCOT Exceeds 15,000 MW

LCG, November 30, 2016--A new wind power record of over 15,000 MW was achieved at 12:35 p.m. on November 27 in Texas for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) region. The region used 15,033 MW of electricity from wind farms, which accounted for approximately 45 percent of the total demand for electric power at the time. Wind farms in West and North Texas delivered more than 8,800 MW, the South region provided almost 3,800 MW, and approximately 2,300 MW came from the Panhandle region.

The portion of load served by wind on November 27 ranged from about 35 percent to more than 46 percent, averaging nearly 41 percent throughout the day. The current record for percentage of load served is 48.28 percent and was set earlier this year on March 23.

ERCOT's Senior Director of System Operations stated, "We saw high wind output throughout the day, ranging from just over 10,000 MW during the late night hours to this peak output during the noon hour. Over the years, ERCOT has taken a number of steps, such as improving renewable generation forecasts, to allow us to operate the grid reliably on days like this."

There is over 17,000 MW of installed wind generation capacity serving the ERCOT system today, and that total is expected to exceed 19,000 MW by year-end.

In 2015, wind generation provided 11.7 percent of the energy used in the ERCOT region. As of the end of October, wind had served 14.7 percent of the region???s energy needs in 2016.
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