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

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California Public Utilities Commission Extends Self-Generation Incentive

LCG, March 5, 2002-The one-megawatt limit previously assigned to those receiving Self Generation Incentive money from California has been expanded.

Petitioned by Kawasaki regarding its Gas Turbine, the California Public Utilities Commission broadened the size requirements for its Self Generation Incentive program, which doles out $125 million per year to commercial and industrial electricity users.

The Self Generation Incentive Program, effective March of last year, funds customers of PG&E, California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, and Southern California Gas Co. in order that they may install wind turbines, fuel cells, internal combustion engines, and other devices, in addition to funding the use of renewable fuel. Previously limited to customers with 1.0-megawatt projects, the program now includes those who use up to 1.5 megawatts.

While maximum size of eligible parties has been increased to 1.5 megawatts, the project incentive will still be scaled according to the first megawatt. Additionally, unused Self Generation Incentive annual funds will now carry over into the following year, and the Corporate Parent Cap Size has expanded to 1.5 megawatts per single project.

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