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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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FERC Would Allow California More Imports from Mexico

LCG, Mar. 28, 2002--The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has stated that costs associated with investment in transmission lines between San Diego and Mexico would be allowed by the agency.

The FERC Chairman, Pat Wood, believes that the savings made possible by increased imports could reach $26 million for customers in San Diego, and $174 million per year for all of California. Initial upgrades, which are projected to allow 1,360 megawatts of generation imports to California, would bring savings of $3 million to San Diego and $10 million to the state, according to the FERC.

San Diego Gas and Electric Co., a subsidiary of Sempra, would be allowed to include the costs of line upgrades to the Miguel-Mission and Imperial Valley lines in rates. The final capacity of the lines could be 3,810 megawatts.

The FERC is now awaiting a filing by the California Independent System Operator (ISO) in May that will contain restructuring plans by the grid operator. The FERC felt that market design was responsible in part for the severity of California's power crisis in 2001. The importance of restructuring details is made more immediate by the approaching end of wholesale price caps imposed by FERC. The caps are set to expire on September 30.
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