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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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Consumer Rights Advocates File Suit for Lower Rates in Texas

LCG, March 11, 2002-In Travis county, Texas, a consumer advocacy agency has filed a suit against the Texas Utility Panel, asserting that rates have been artificially inflated.

The Texas Public Utility Commission insists that all legal guidelines have been followed regarding electricity prices, and power companies say rates are fair. However, regulators promised a 6 percent rate reduction when deregulation began in 1999, and consumers have experienced a 3.6 percent increase in their rates instead. Lawsuits filed on Wednesday address this and an extra fee charged by the Texas Utilities Panel(TXU) and West Texas Utilities Company.

Apparently, unrealistic maintenance and scheduling costs had been included in this extra fee. Agency member for the counsel Clarence Johnson demonstrated this excessive charge by explaining that the scheduling fees alone would require 20 people working at $200 per hour for 2,000 hours.

Although consumer groups believe that rates have been increased due to deregulation, the TXU still insists upon the fairness of the benchmark rate decided upon by the state.

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