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

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Consumer Advocates Ask Iowa Regulators to Limit Interstate Rates

LCG, September 19, 2002-The OCA, Iowa's consumer advocate, has requested that electricity regulators lower annual rates by $22.4 million.

After inspecting financial information of Alliant Energy Corporation, parent to Interstate Power & Light Company, consumer advocates found that utility assets were used as the guarantee on $952 million borrowed by a separate Alliant Energy subsidiary.

The OCA has said that the holding company would have the capability of using Interstate Power & Light's capital to benefit shareholders by improving electricity rates for itself. The OCA believes that any benefits should be passed on to ratepayers, who financed asset purchases in the first place. Therefore, OCA has requested that Iowa regulators limit Interstate Power & Light's rates, as opposed to allowing the $82 million rate increase that the company requested previously.

Interstate Power & Light finds the logic requisite of a "leap," noting that ratepayers do not take investment risks like shareholders and that any revenue reduction would be seriously harmful to the utility.

A hearing has been planned for October 22.

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