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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Industry News

Former Edison President Appointed to PUC

LCG, March 6, 2002A former president of Southern California Edison has been appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission.

California Governor Gray Davis named Michael R. Peevey to the PUC. Peevey will take the place of Richard Bilas, who is resigning, citing frustration with policy and his wifes health.

Daviss decision has been received negatively by consumer groups because the commission is responsible for regulated Edison, among other utilities, and Peevey, in addition to being the ex-president of Southern California Edison from 1990 to 1993, has a history of pushing for steeper small business and residential rates, according to The Utility Reform Network. However, the California Chamber of Commerce and industrial energy user lobbyists have supported his appointment.

Steve Maviglio, Davis spokesman, said that Peevey will be required to divest holdings and remove himself from other positions with a potential for a conflict of interest.

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