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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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Hole Found in the Ohio Nuke

LCG, March 12, 2002-Federal inspectors were surprised to find a hole in an Ohio nuclear plant reactor cap. The hole has been plugged with a non-corroding layer and is no threat to public safety.

Very low concentrations of boric acid produced during nuclear fission ate away at the substantial protective cap that shields the reactor vessel. The hole was found during routine maintenance after similar corrosion was found in control rod nozzles, five of which were cracked.

Plant operator FirstEnergy says that the hole is unusual and unexpected but would have posed little hazard if it had penetrated the entire cap. Radioactive steam would have escaped into the reactor containment building, and even if the steam made its way outside of the building it would reportedly have little effect upon the public. No speculation was made regarding the effects of corrosion on other parts of the nuclear reactor, but FirstEnergy intends to replace the reactor head in 2004.

The plant, located near Lake Erie about 25 miles from Toledo, will remain shut down for at least a month.

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