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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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Maharashtra Annuls Enron's India Contract

LCG, May 25, 2001The Maharashtra State Electricity Board retaliated against Enron India yesterday by "annulling" its contract to purchase power from Enron's Dabhol Power Co. The move was in response to Enron's announcement last week of a preliminary termination notice.

"You can't quit," the MSEB said, "I quit first."

The MSEB denied that its decision last night was such a response, but was a "legal notice" provoked by Enron's failure to meet power delivery requirements called for in its contract. Enron said the charge was nonsense the power has been there, but Maharashtra doesn't want to pay for it.

Since the 740 megawatt first phase of the Dabhol project began commercial operations last year, Enron has had to fight tooth and nail for each month's payment for power delivered to the MSEB. With a 1,444 megawatt second phase set to begin producing power next month, the MSEB is attempting to force Enron to make a significant reduction in rates agreed to in 1994. Enron has said it will not re-negotiate the 1994 contract.

Last night, Enron said in a statement "MSEB has chosen an obscure and improper justification for attempting to rescind a contract that, in any event, was signed more than seven years ago."

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