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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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Power Plant Emission Control Could Be Made Voluntary

LCG, March 19, 2002-In documents submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed allowing utilities to voluntarily cut emissions at coal-fired plants.

In a reverse of the Clinton administration's policy of legal action against slow-acting plants, the EPA would not pursue utilities that do not invest in expensive equipment designed to limit emissions.

Instead, the EPA intends to encourage utilities to freely initiate the prevention of excessive air pollution. According to some sources, including the Washington Post, the administration may seek to add more demanding legislation.

The plan also included a "clean-unit exemption," which would give a 15-year break to those plants that have made improvements over the past 15 years.

Many utilities found the old rules unfair and said compliance would require billions of dollars worth of new investment. Environmental groups charge that the EPA's plan is part of a greater trend to minimize protection for land, air, and water, and would exacerbate the negative health affects related to emissions.

The Bush administration says nothing has been finalized yet.

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