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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"Stop Work" Order at Yucca Said Reason for Examiners' Dismissal

LCG, Apr 28, 2003--According to an examiner assigned to the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste disposal project, he and two other colleagues were reassigned to non-audit duties following recommendations they made regarding quality assurance procedures used by Bechtel, the main contractor on the project.

A spokesman for the Department of Energy (DOE) told reporters last week that the procedures being used by Bechtel were being examined, but that this process was not holding up the project. A "stop work" order was issued by the DOE, which, according to sources contacted by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, does not qualify as routine, and may have been linked to ongoing quality control issues the department has grappled with from the early stages of the Yucca Mountain project.

Don Harris, of Navarro Research and Engineering Inc., said that critical statements he made about the Department of Energy at a meeting in mid-March related to the stop work order were given as the reason for his dismissal. However, he said, on the 25th, he was informed by the top manager for Navarro at Yucca that he was being put back in his audit and examination role. The Review-Journal said that several additional sources confirmed that George Harper had been removed from his duties following the issuance of the order. The manager in charge of the team for surveillance, Lester Wagner, was said to have been influenced to take another position. Neither of the Navarro employees could be contacted, nor could a representative from Navarro's headquarters.
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