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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Indiana Local Government Sues over Closing of Utility Hub

LCG, March 13, 2002-Michigan City and LaPorte County have filed suit against Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO), which plans to close five service hubs relevant to the area.

These local governments say that closing the hubs will harm their northern Indiana communities, "Affordable, reliable service for NIPSCO consumers, businesses and industries has taken a back seat to the pursuit of multi-million pay packages for the top executives of that company," said LaPorte County Commission President Marlow Harmon.

NIPSCO announced the closures in January and will begin closing hubs this month, insisting that they will not effect service. Maintenance hubs in Plymouth, LaPorte, Hammond, LaGrange, and Crown Point will be terminated and over 50 employees will be laid off.

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