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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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Massachusetts Utilities Issue RFP for 400 MW of Offshore Wind Power

LCG, July 7, 2017-- Massachusetts utilities, in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), last Friday jointly issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for long-term contracts for offshore wind energy projects. The RFP calls for bidders to offer from a total of 400 MW of offshore wind energy capacity to up to approximately 800 MW. The RFP was issued as a result of Massachusetts' new Energy Diversity Act, which was signed by the Governor in August 2016.

The utilities issuing the RFP are Eversource, National Grid and Unitil. Likely participants in the RFP process are Deepwater Wind, Bay State Wind, and Vineyard Wind. The proposal submission deadline is December 20, 2017.

This initial solicitation by the utilities is part of a staggered procurement schedule designed with the DOER so as to achieve cost-effective contracts for offshore wind power consistent with the Energy Diversity Act goals.

The Energy Diversity Act states that, "The distribution companies may conduct one or more competitive solicitations through a staggered procurement schedule developed by the distribution companies and the department of energy resources; provided, that the schedule shall ensure that the distribution companies enter into cost-effective long-term contracts for offshore wind energy generation equal to approximately 1,600 megawatts of aggregate nameplate capacity not later than June 30, 2027; and provided further, that individual solicitations shall seek proposals for no less than 400 megawatts of aggregate nameplate capacity of offshore wind energy generation resources."

In addition to the 1,600 MW of offshore wind power capacity, the Energy Diversity Act requires utilities to competitively solicit and contract for approximately 1,200 MW of clean energy generation ??? base load hydropower, onshore wind and solar supported by hydropower, standalone onshore wind, solar, or other Class I renewable resources.
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