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

Senate Passes Bill Requiring Renewables

LCG, Mar. 22, 2002--A bill preceding more comprehensive energy legislation has been passed 58-40 by the Senate, and would require utilities serving the public to provide 10 percent of electricity from renewable resources by 2020.

Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said the requirement was intended to "diversify our supply of energy." The bill was supported mostly by Democrats and some Republicans from the Northeast. In opposition, many Republicans and some Democrats want to encourage exploration for oil and gas resources within the U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., said the primary beneficiary of increased use of renewables would be "a few wind generators," while consumers would pay more for energy, he said.

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was no longer a serious possibility.
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