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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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Enron Reorganization Plan May Require More Time

LCG, Sep. 27, 2002--The interlocking activities and interests of various Enron subsidiaries are creating a need for an extension of the company's development of a reorganization plan, possibly until January of next year.

The company has requested a later filing date from the bankruptcy court overseeing claims of creditors who hope to recover some of what they loaned Enron. The date set is currently Oct. 1. In some cases, banks who dealt with Enron have been accused of masking the true financial condition of the company, and could thus be seen as partly responsible for the company's downfall. What any of them will recover remains open to question.

"Enron is the equivalent of having a handful of sand," Jack Williams, a Georgia State University law professor, told the Houston Chronicle. "It looks like a lot of stuff, but as you start to close your hand around it, most of it disappears. I think what they thought originally of as a potential plan is no longer even in the realm of possibility."

Creditors may be able to realize returns on claims sooner rather than later, if the company consolidates the ownership interests and assets of Enron subsidiaries under a single pool. If this is done to overcome the complicated structure of the company, those who leant funds to some of the stronger business units may receive less than they otherwise would. One of these units is Enron North America, which carried out a commodity trading function.

A hearing is set for Oct. 24 to determine whether an extension can be granted. If one is not granted by Judge Arthur Gonzalez, creditors' lawyers may compete with one another to offer alternative visions of how proceeds of asset sales or ownership stakes in a new company might be divided.
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