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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Colorado Wind Farm Construction Appears Likely

LCG, Sep. 4, 2002--A proposed 162-megawatt wind farm first pursued by Enron Corp.'s Enron Wind subsidiary may be built by GE Power Systems, and its output bought by Colorado utility Xcel Energy.

A spokesman for Xcel, STeve Roalstad, commented, "Our negotiations are copmleted with GE, and we have to move forward to get the Public Utilities Commission's approval at this point." GE Power systems would serve as the plant operator, and is now in negotiations to sell ownership rights to American Electric Power (AEP), of Columbus, Ohio.

The prospects for the farm, called the Golden Prairie Wind Farm, were uncertain until production tax credits for wind power users were renewed by the government. In March, following the credits' renewal, GE Power bought the project from Enron Wind.

The negotiations with AEP, in addition to PUC approval, will be necessary to move the project toward a possible in-service date late next year. The cost of building the wind farm will be shared by all Xcel customers, not simply those who are willing to pay more for power generated by wind.
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