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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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TransWest Express Transmission Project Receives Approval from BLM

LCG, December 14, 2016--The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has signed its Record of Decision approving the TransWest Express Transmission Project (TWE), a high-voltage, direct current (HVDC) electric transmission system being developed by TransWest Express LLC to deliver renewable energy primarily generated from wind farms developed in Wyoming to load centers in Southern California. The proposed transmission infrastructure additions will add 3,000 MW of transmission capacity from a Rocky Mountain regional terminal in south-central Wyoming to a Southwest terminal near Las Vegas, Nevada, which provides interconnections to the California, Nevada and Arizona grids.

The executed BLM Record of Decision (ROD) completes the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process and approves issuing a right-of-way (ROW) grant for the TWE Project on BLM-managed land, which accounts for approximately 60 percent of the 730-mile route.

The TWE Project Final EIS was published May 1, 2015. BLM and Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) prepared the document as joint lead federal agencies. TransWest's ROW application for the TWE Project was filed with the BLM eight years ago on December 12, 2008. The Draft EIS was published July 3, 2013.

The president and CEO of TransWest, an independent transmission developer, stated, ?The Western U.S. needs new interregional transmission infrastructure like the TWE Project, which will allow California and other Desert Southwest utilities to directly access high-capacity Wyoming wind to balance and diversify their generation portfolios in a cost-effective manner?.Today?s important federal permitting milestone further advances the TWE Project?s progress and brings this critical infrastructure project one step closer to construction ? creating employment opportunities across the West."

The project is estimated to require a three-year construction period.

At the southwest terminal where the renewable energy is delivered, the receiving states, Nevada, Arizona and California, all have renewable portfolio requirements with increasing targets for renewable energy. California?s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS), originally established by legislation enacted in 2002, now sets a requirement for California?s electric utilities to have 50 percent of their retail sales derived from eligible renewable energy resources in 2030 and all subsequent years.

Nevada established an RPS as part of its 1997 restructuring legislation. Under the amended standard, NV Energy (formerly Nevada Power and Sierra Pacific Power) must meet a requirement of 25 percent by 2025. The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has expand Arizona?s Renewable Energy Standard (RES) to 15 percent by 2025.
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