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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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Enron-owned Dabhol Plant Will Not Resume Operations

LCG, September 3, 2002The Dabhol power project, located in the Indian state of Maharashtra, will not resume operations to supply the surrounding area because a electricity rate cannot be agreed upon.

Officials in the electricity-starved western state had considered paying for power from the dormant plant, but plant owners found the offered price too low to make the plant financially viable.

Bankrupt Enron Corporation owns 65 percent of the facility, GE and Bechtel Corp. own 10 percent each, and the Maharashtra State Electricity Board owns 15 percent.

While 750 MW of the plant operated starting 1999, the 1444 MW second phase was never completed because the State Electricity Board did not stay current with payments by some $240 million.

The plant, which has been shut down for more than a year, awaits a price agreement between the state and plant owners. Bechtel Corporation has offered to restart the plant, but the Industrial Development Bank, on behalf of Dabhol creditors, refused the offer.

Civic groups and others have condemned the delay, and the Indian government wants to begin operations as soon as possible. Lenders will meet in Singapore later this week to discuss the plants future.

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