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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Terry Bassham has been named chief financial officer of El Paso Electric Co., replacing Gary Hedrick, who was named chief executive last week. Bassham most recently was executive vice president and general counsel. He will continue to serve as interim general counsel.

Raymond M. Bowen Jr. has been elected executive vice president for finance and treasurer of Enron Corp. He had been chief operating officer of Enron Industrial Markets and from 1998 to 1999, was treasurer of Enron Capital & Trade Resources.

John Ellegood a product of the U.S. Nuclear Navy, has been assigned by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as the agency's resident inspector at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Ohio. He replaces Renee Vogt-Lowell who had been the Resident Inspector at Perry since August 1999.

Frank Frankowski has been appointed chief financial officer and vice president for finance by Peco Energy Co.. He most recently was controller for Peco.

Ira D. Hall, former treasurer of Texaco Inc., has been elected to the board of directors of The Williams Cos., bringing the total number of Williams board members to 15.

Clyde T. Turner, chief executive officer of the Mandalay Resorts Group from 1995 to 1998, has been elected to fill a vacant position on the board of Sierra Pacific Resources Corp. parent company for two Nevada utilities. His term begins immediately and he will stand for re-election by the shareholders at the company's annual meeting next spring.

Kathleen M. Walters has been named vice president for information technology by Exelon Energy Delivery, the parent company for Peco Energy Co. She moves up from the same position with Peco.

Britton White Jr. will retire as executive vice president and general counsel of El Paso Corp. effective December 31, 2001. He will be replaced by Peggy A. Heeg, who has served as senior vice president and deputy general counsel responsible for managing legal activities for many of ElPaso's business units.

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