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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ComEd Plans 50-Megawatt Load Adjustment Program

LCG, Apr. 7, 2003--A network of small control systems will enable ComEd to reduce power demand of up to 50 megawatts remotely, through EnergySaver technology to be provided by Electric City.

The Virtual "Negawatt" Power Plan® (VNPP), as it is called, will be implemented through 1500 separate installations at commercial, industrial and government facilities without requiring any of them to curtail operations. The demand adjustment will be realized through lighting. "We are pleased to see ComEd take a true leadership position regarding the application of advanced technology to provide an environmentally friendly approach to meeting peak loads," said John Mitola, CEO of Electric City.

The load reduction will be dispatchable, according to the needs and direction of ComEd. The customers taking part in the program will not have to pay for installation of the control technology, and will realize steady state savings on their energy costs. John Costello, senior vice president of Customer, Marketing and Energy Services for ComEd, said the agreement allows ComEd to "gain access to a curtailment system that gives us direct control and accurate measurement over curtailment in real-time. " Costello also noted that the VNPP "provides a long-term hedge against peak power supply and pricing."
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