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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FERC to Protect Electricity Information

LCG, September 5, 2002--The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is considering altering regulations to protect energy infrastructure information from being used by terrorists.

While many are calling for greater transparency in the wholesale electricity market, FERC may change its policy over electricity-related information that might otherwise fall into the hands of those interested in harming the system. Under the new proposal, critical energy infrastructure data, or CEII, would be strictly controlled, and those interested in accessing this information would be required to submit applications including statements of purpose and nondisclosure agreements.

Data that is available already by simple observation, such as the location of electricity and gas lines, would not be subject to the stricter guidelines, while specific facility equipment, transmission data, and production information may become regulated.

FERC will consider public opinion for a period of 30 days before proceeding with more definite plans.

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