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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Attorney General Files Lawsuit Charging California Companies

LCG, March 12, 2002-Yesterday Attorney General Bill Lockyer went through with his plan to file civil suit against California energy companies. Lockyer accused four companies of swindling Californians by selling them emergency energy that was never provided. "They sold emergency generating capacity to the California Independent System Operator (ISO), which is responsible for maintaining the western power grid, then turned around and sold the same power capacity into the lucrative spot market for wholesale electricity." Lockyer said these companies sold the same power twice at least 20,000 times.

Dynergy Inc., Reliant Energy Inc, Mirant Corp., and Williams Energy Marketing and Trading Company were sued for over $150 million, not much in comparison with the alleged $28 billion worth of overcharges in the spot and longterm markets. However Lockyer says they are only the first and that the whole market will come under scrutiny.

This lawsuit is especially unusual because it was filed in state court instead of federal court or before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Lockyer said he chose to file civil instead of criminal charges because the state might then be able to retrieve lost money.

Spokesmen from Dynergy, Mirant and Williams asserted that they had always behaved responsibly and that as yet no proof has been disclosed.

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