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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Gas-fired Plant Under Construction in Colorado

LCG, Mar. 6, 2002A joint venture of Colorado Springs Utilities and El Paso Corp., of Houston, has begun construction of a gas-fired, combined-cycle 480-megawatt power plant just south of the Ray D. Nixon power plant, near Fountain, Colorado.

Steve Christensen, project manager at Colorado Springs Utilities, said the plant will lower the utilitys need for purchases from the open market, and supply half of Colorado Springs electricity needs during peak demand. The plant, named Front Range Power, is expected to be operational in spring 2003.

Colorado Springs Utilities, which has $40 million invested in the plant, said it will use 80 gallons of water per minute for steam turbines, compared to hundreds or thousands of gallons used by traditional gas-fired plants.
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