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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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British Energy Takes Over Ontario Nukes

LCG, May 14, 2001Ontario Power Generation said on Saturday that it had closed a transaction under which a joint venture between British Energy Plc, the big UK nuclear generator, and uranium supplier Cameco Corp. will become operator of OPG's Bruce nuclear power plants.

British Energy will initially own 85 Percent of the venture, to be called Bruce Power, but that will drop to 79.8 percent as two unions representing workers at the plants take up a combined 5.2 percent interest by 2003. Cameco will own the other 15 percent.

Under the deal, Bruce Power becomes the licensed operator of the four-unit, 3,140 megawatt Bruce B station and also of shuttered Bruce A, which also has four reactors. Two of the Bruce A units may be restarted, adding 1,500 megawatts.

All of the output from the Bruce plants will be sold into the Ontario wholesale power market, which is scheduled to open to competition in May of next year. Until then, the output will be sold to OPG under transitional arrangements.

The Bruce nuclear plants are located about 150 miles northwest of Toronto.

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