An amendment issued by the NRC on August 24 extends the unit’s operating license expiration from January 10, 2006, to December 22, 2009. The agency issued the amendment following a review, which concluded that Dresden Unit 2 could be operated safely through the construction recapture period. The original 40-year license expiration period for Dresden Unit 2 began on Jan. 10, 1966, coincident with the issuance of the plant’s construction permit, which was standard practice at the time. As such, after completion of construction, the original license for Dresden Unit 2 provided an operational life of 36 years and one month, rather than the full 40 years. The NRC currently issues operating licenses for 40 years from the time a plant begins operation. In April 1999, ComEd applied to extend the operating license to the full 40 years from the time operation began. The NRC has granted this construction period recapture for a number of utilities.
Florida Power & Light Co., a unit of FPL Group Inc., said it will seek to recover $518 million in higher than projected fuel costs to produce electricity this year.