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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Industry News

Allegheny Alleges Merrill Lynch Made Wash Trades

LCG, September 26, 2002-Yesterday Allegheny Energy announced a lawsuit against Merrill Lynch, alleging the investment bank made wash trades to increase trading volume.

Allegheny bought Merrill Lynch's energy trading unit, Global Energy Markets (GEM), for $490 million. Now the energy company asserts that the investment bank participated in "wash trades," with energy companies like Enron, resulting in falsely large trading volumes and therefore a manipulated picture of how well GEM performed.

Allegheny's lawsuit was filed one day after Merrill Lynch announced that it would file suit against Allegheny for $115 million in delinquent payment for the trading unit.

Allegheny's lawsuit was filed with the Supreme Court of New York.

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