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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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Construction Commences on Enel’s Aurora Wind Farm in North Dakota

Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (“EGPNA”), the US renewable energy company of the Enel Group, has started construction of the 299-MW Aurora Wind Farm in North Dakota.

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Georgia PSC Approves Georgia Power's 2019 IRP

LCG, July 18, 2019--The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) has unanimously approved Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power's 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which was submitted in late January.

The approved IRP calls for Georgia Power to retire five coal-fired units: Plant Hammond Units 1-4 near Rome, Georgia, and Plant McIntosh Unit 1 near Rincon, Georgia. The combined capacity of these coal units is approximately 980 MW. The company also will not renew its operating licenses for three small hydro plants: Estatoah, Langdale and Riverview.

Georgia Power had initially recommended adding 1,000 MW of renewable energy. In a stipulation agreement with Commission staff, that amount was increased to 1,650 MW. During Tuesday's hearing, the PSC Chairman made a motion to increase the renewable/solar energy procurement to 2,210 MW, the largest increase in renewable energy in Georgia's history. The five-member Commission voted unanimously for Chairman's motion. The final IRP decision also includes 50 MW of new competitively bid biomass generation (typically wood) was added.

"I determined Georgia has the ability to add significantly more renewable energy and solar energy using a market-based approach without any upward pressure on the rate payers and no state subsidies," the Chairman said.

The IRP calls for Georgia Power to own and operate 80 MW of battery energy storage systems (BESS), which will support the growth of intermittent or variable solar energy facilities and provide the company the opportunity to demonstrate the deployment, integration and operation of storage.

Georgia Power's senior vice president and senior production officer stated, "Working with the Georgia PSC, we are positioning Georgia as a leader in the Southeast in battery energy storage, which is critical to growing and maximizing the value of renewable energy for customers as we increase our renewable generation by 72 percent by 2024. Through the IRP process, Georgia Power will continue to invest in a diverse energy portfolio including the development of renewable resources in a way that benefits all customers to deliver clean, safe, reliable energy at rates that are well below the national average."
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