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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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Con Ed to Fire Up 50-Year-Old Smoke-Belching Power Plant

LCG, May 2, 2001--Consolidated Edison Co. of New York plans to restart the most polluting power plant in the Big Apple, a small generator in Brooklyn, and state regulators, eager to increase the city's power supply, have tentatively agreed to let it resume operation without an environmental review, the New York Times reported this morning.

The plant, a long-idle unit of the Hudson Avenue Generating Station near the Brooklyn Navy Yard, was built 50 years ago and not only burns fuel oil, it burns the oil with equipment designed before a thought was given to pollution and emissions.

Restarting the unit reflects a tightrope that New York is walking in its attempt to avoid summer power blackouts like those that will surely affect California. "The reason that we want to restart the plant is the power situation in the city," said Peter Lanahan, vice president for environmental health and safety at Con Edison, citing warnings of possible power shortages this summer or next.

When demand for electricity rose last summer, electric bills surged, and state regulators have warned of more price spikes and possible blackouts and brownouts this summer. The new York Power Authority is installing 10 small, 44 megawatt generators in spots around New York City and another on Long Island, but has been fighting environmentalists' lawsuits all the way.

Those mini-plants are modern combustion turbines burning natural gas, and are among the cleanest generation equipment available. The Hudson Avenue unit can produce 60 megawatts of power and, according to federal and state data, produces more pollution, per pound of fuel burned or per megawatt-hour of power produced that any other power plant in New York City.

There will be lawsuits.

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