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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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Korean Union Members Strike Against Privatization

LCG, March 8, 2002-A thirteen hour talk with Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) failed to progress as over 5,000 union members continue an illegal strike.

Workers at the South Korean monopoly fear for their jobs as the country prepares for privatizing power. The illegal strike is in its twelfth day, and warrants have been issued for union leaders, although police have made no arrests yet.

Labor Minister Bang Yong-seok said that the government will privatize regardless of strikers and sees "zero possibility to change this policy." KEPCO, having been split into six pieces, plans to sell of all but the sixth part, which leaves nuclear and hydroelectric power to the state.

1,000 temporary workers have been hired, but union leaders refuse to back down. If the government goes through with privatization, the Korean Confederation of Trade Union, consisting of some 600,000 members, says it will join in a sympathy strike.

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