California Sets Two Records Regarding Solar Power Production

LCG, March 8, 2018--The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) recorded an all-time peak percentage of demand served by solar energy facilities on Sunday, achieving a record 49.95 percent at 12:58 p.m. The prior peak record was 47.2 percent set on May 14, 2017.

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ERCOT Expects Record-breaking Peak Demand this Summer

LCG, March 2, 2018--The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) yesterday released its final Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy (SARA) report for the upcoming spring season (March - May) and its preliminary assessment for the summer season (June - September). ERCOT, the grid operator for most of Texas, is predicting record-breaking peak usage this summer driven by the strong Texas economy. The combination of record-breaking peak usage and the recent retirement of older electric generating units is expected to result in tight operating reserves.

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FPL Announces Plans to Renew Operating License at Turkey Point to 2053

LCG, February 7, 2018--Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) recently announced plans to extend the carbon-free energy capacity and environmental restoration work at its Turkey Point power generation complex. The announcement included plans to file with the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to renew the units' operating licenses. FPL estimates that renewing the licenses would save FPL customers billions of dollars by avoiding the need for other more expensive power generation.

FPL's plan to pursue a second 20-year license renewal for each nuclear unit would be the first such application in the U.S. The license renewal would ultimately allow for an 80-year operating life for the units, which would operate until 2052 and 2053.

The Turkey Point power generation complex, located in southern Miami-Dade, includes two zero-emissions nuclear generating units (Units 3 and 4) and one high-efficiency natural gas unit (Unit 5). FPL has invested over $1 billion to upgrade Turkey Point's nuclear units in recent years, adding approximately 250 MW of new carbon-free capacity. In 2018, the company plans to conduct additional upgrades on the existing nuclear units that are expected to further increase generation by a combined 40 MW of capacity.

Turkey Point is one of four U.S. nuclear power plants to initiate the license renewal process for a second, 20-year license renewal. The other nuclear plants with applications for a second renewal are Surry Power Station and North Anna Power Station in Virginia and Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania. All four plants have two generating units, which tends to lower the plant costs (relative to nuclear plants with one reactor).

FPL sees these zero-emission energy generation facilities as essential to its broader efforts to preserve clean air and address climate change. FPL also announced its related plans to supplement nuclear and natural gas generation at Turkey Point with zero-emissions solar energy and advanced battery storage capabilities on site and/or nearby.

The long term investment at Turkey Point also supports FPL's environmental commitment as it relates to water management. FPL sees the modernization of the Turkey Point energy complex as a means to provide a unique opportunity to help Miami-Dade solve its biggest environmental infrastructure challenge - addressing ocean outfall and water reuse. Currently, the County disposes of more than 100 million gallons of wastewater a day in the ocean, and it faces a state mandate to find ways to reuse much of this wastewater.

"I am proud to have Miami-Dade County partner with Florida Power and Light and bring our 2.7 million residents a viable, sustainable solution to our wastewater challenge," said the Miami-Dade County Mayor. "Our Water and Sewer Department is working directly with FPL to develop a plan that will put otherwise wasted water to good use, which will not only benefit the environment but also all Miamians. In fact, this plan has the potential to recycle more than 20 billion gallons of freshwater and prevent the removal of 10 billion gallons of Floridan aquifer water each year."

"This project is an exciting opportunity to make real progress in conserving water resources in South Florida. The teaming of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department with Florida Power & Light represents a paradigm shift in water management toward resilient systems that integrate wastewater and stormwater systems with regional energy infrastructure. We look forward to watching this industry-leading opportunity," said the co-CEO of the Water Research Foundation, a not-for-profit research cooperative that advances the science of water to protect public health and the environment.
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