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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Industry News


Ann Curtis has been promoted to vice chairman of Calpine Corporation. Curtis, who has been in the power industry for over 20 years, founded Calpine Corporation, and led its initial public offering, the largest IPO in the independent power industry at that time.

Robert D. Kelly has been promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer of Calpine Corporation. Kelly succeeds Ann Curtis in that role. Kelly will continue as president of Calpine Finance Company. Before joining Calpine in 1990, Kelly was marketing manager of Westinghouse Credit Corporation, starting the Energy Finance Division's Western Region.

Calpine Corporation has promoted Eric N. Pryor to the dual positions of deputy chief financial officer and chief risk officer for Calpine Corporation. Pyror joined Calpine in 1995 as a senior analyst, and was recently senior vice president of finance.

The board of the Ohio Electric Utility Institute (OEUI) announced that it has elected Greg Ficke as a director and vice chairman of OEUI, the non-profit state trade association representing investor-owned electric companies in Ohio. Fice is president of the Cincinnati Gas & Electric Company, a subsidiary of Cinergy Corp.

Jane F. Kelly has been elected assistant corporate secretary and assistant counsel for South Jersey Industries and corporate secretary for South Jersey Energy. Kelly has served as the executive director of the New Jersey Utilities Association and assistant counsel to former Governor Thomas Kean.

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