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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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Alliant Energy to Install More Wind Farms in Iowa

LCG, April 19, 2018--Alliant Energy's Iowa utility subsidiary, Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), received approval to increase its wind expansion program from the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB). Through this expansion, combined with existing wind farms and market purchases, the company expects wind to provide approximately one-third of its total electric generating capacity in Iowa by the end of 2020.

Alliant Energy received approval in 2016 to add up to 500 MW of wind energy, and the company requested a similar expansion from the IUB again in 2017. Alliant Energy estimates the combined projects would represent a $1.8 billion investment and add up to 1,000 MW of new wind generation in Iowa by 2020.

"Our wind energy initiatives help keep rates competitive, enhance our environmental stewardship and drive economic growth in our communities," said the president of IPL. "Wind energy is a major part of our transition to a clean energy future."

This spring, crews began construction on the first of several wind farms, starting with the 300-MW Upland Prairie Wind Farm, a project acquired from Apex Clean Energy last October. Later this year, construction is expected to start on the 170-MW English Farms Wind Farm, which was acquired from Tradewind Energy.

Alliant Energy filed an application for advance ratemaking principles on August 3, 2017. The company continues to review the written decision order from the IUB. The IUB order terms include: (i) the ratemaking principles apply to any new wind facility constructed as part of IPL's New Wind Project that qualifies for 100 percent of the federal Production Tax Credits, regardless of its location in Iowa, up to 500 MW; (ii) a cost cap of $1,780/kW, including allowance for funds used during construction (AFUDC) and transmission costs; and (iii) ILP is permitted to include in Iowa rates the actual cost of the wind project up to the cost cap without need to establish prudence, but required to establish the prudence of any cost in excess of the cost cap.
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