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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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Aquila Rating Hovers Around Junk

LCG, Sep. 4, 2002--The revenue earned by Aquila from regulated operations may not be high enough to enable it to meet its obligations, make capital expenditures, and issue dividends, according to Moody's Investors Service.

While Moody's downgraded the energy company's debt to junk, Standard & Poor's issued a rating of "BBB-minus," a lower investment grade than the previous "BBB" rating. As a result of the negative outlook, Aquila has had to pay $192 million earlier than it might have otherwise. It has tried to raise capital by selling $1 billion of assets, and had earlier cut its dividend by 42%.

The company president and chief executive, Robert K. Green, said, "We've been preparing to conduct business operations under this possible scenario and will continue to deliver safe, reliable and economical energy to our customers." Aquila, formerly Utilicorp United, is based in Kansas City, Mo.
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