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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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Brazil Suspends Gas Development

LCG, March 20, 2000- Plans to develop Brazil's natural gas importation have been suspended while the Brazilian government rethinks its energy production.

Brazil has been experiencing a severe energy shortage, rationing energy over the last nine months. Nine tenths of Brazil's electricity comes from hydroelectric plants, and drought has seriously limited energy generation.

The government had planned to expand gas imports from Bolivia to generate more energy but has decided to reevaluate its gas-fired energy needs first.

In October of 2001 international companies were allowed to apply to expand the pre-existing 30 million cubic meter pipeline.

Many foreign investors want access to the pipeline but are dismayed at the falling Brazilian currency, 16 percent last year over the dollar. In addition, Brazil's thermoelectric development has stagnated and only a few of the planned gas-fired plants have been built.

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