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 Commissioners Rule Merchant-Built NY Line Not Required to Expand

LCG, Sep. 6, 2002--The owners of a transmission line from Connecticut to New York's Long Island do not share the obligation of integrated utilities to upgrade their line to match growing demand, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled yesterday.

As part of the ruling, Commissioner William Massey expressed some concern that by not holding merchant transmission owners to the standards of regulated utilities, the ruling could allow such owners to diminish competition. Massey acknowledged that the set of power market rules recently announced for review, standard market design, will provide a protocol on the issue.

The company that owns the 24-mile Cross Sound Cable, capable of transmitting 330 megawatts, is Transenergie U.S. Ltd.
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