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

WPS to Build Coal Plant in Wisconsin

LCG, Sep. 26-Wisconsin may see a new 500-megawatt coal-fired power generator, if Wisconsin Public Service Corporation moves on its construction plans.

Yesterday WPS announced plans to build a $650-700 million coal generator at its established Weston site; the generator would become the fourth unit at the plant, which currently has 435 megawatts of capacity.

The corporation's intentions are unusual because most recent power projects in the energy sector have been gas-fired and many power companies have been canceling or postponing generator construction because of unfavorable market conditions.

The plans must pass at least one year's worth of permitting, and the plant, if approved, might be online as soon as 2008.

WPS serves 475,000 customers in the Midwest.

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