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FirstEnergy Solutions Files Certification Letter with NRC Affirming Plan to Close Nearly 4,050 MW of Nuclear Generating Facilities

LCG, April 26, 2018--FirstEnergy Solutions (FES), a competitive generation subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., yesterday announced that it has filed a Certification Letter with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) formally notifying the Commission of its decision to permanently deactivate its nuclear power plants over the next three years, citing "severe economic challenges." When the closures are combined, the reduction will total 4,048 MW of carbon-free, electric generating capacity. In 2017, the nuclear units contributed approximately 65 percent of the electricity produced by the FES generating fleet.

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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.

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NRC to Issue License to Construct Two New Reactors iat Turkey Point in Florida

LCG, April 11, 2018--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) recently announced that it will issue licenses allowing Florida Power and Light (FPL) to proceed with construction and operation of two AP1000 reactors at the Turkey Point nuclear generating station. The Turkey Point power generation complex is located in southern Miami-Dade and currently includes two zero-emissions nuclear generating units (Units 3 and 4) and one high-efficiency natural gas unit (Unit 5).

FPL submitted the application on June 30, 2009, and the NRC certified the 1,100-MW AP1000 design in 2011. The federal regulator granted permission for the agency's Office of New Reactors to issue the licenses after conducting a hearing in December 2017. The Commission found the staff's review of FPL's application adequate to make the necessary regulatory safety and environmental findings.

FPL has indicated that it wants to maintain the option to build new nuclear electric generating capacity; however, it has no immediate plans to proceed with construction of the new units (Unit 6 and 7).

Earlier this year in February, FPL announced plans to file with the NRC to renew and extend the operating licenses for Units 3 and 4. 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. FPL estimates that renewing the licenses would save FPL customers billions of dollars by avoiding the need for other more expensive power generation.
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