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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Six Out of 10 Californians Favor Nukes, Poll Shows

LCG, May 23, 2001The threat of rolling blackouts and higher electric bills has Californians rethinking their priorities, according to a Field Poll released yesterday. Nearly six in 10 now want more nuclear plants to produce large quantities of emissions-free power.

"If California is this way, it has to be good news for the nuclear power industry -- major goodnews," said Mark DiCamillo, director of the Field Institute.

When the Field Institute last tested California's attitude toward nuclear power plants in 1984, 61 percent opposed building more nuclear power plants and that was before the explosion at the Chernobyl plant.

The poll was conducted over a 10-day period ending Sunday, with 1,015 state residents answering questions in English and Spanish.

According to the Field Poll, a growing number of Californians also would like to see a softening of strict environmental rules that keep aging power plants from running. In January, only 47 percent would support relaxing the emissions rules, while today 53 percent are in favor.

The prospect of paying huge electric bills came closest to unifying state residents, the poll found. About 70 percent favor federally-imposed price caps on electricity, with support coming from both Republicans and Democrats.

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