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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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FERC Finds Much Room for Demand Response

LCG, July 9, 2003--Despite high natural gas prices and resulting increased power prices, staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have found little evidence of coordinated reduction in demand aimed at heading off price spikes.

Those regions of the country that have experienced the most severe power price increases include Florida, Texas and the West Coast, according to FERC's Office of Market Oversight and Investigations. It stated that FERC has tried to bring rules into effect that would increase the potential benefits of demand response. The areas of the country where demand response has received the most attention are New York, Connecticut, California and Florida.

The Office of Market Oversight and Invesigations' Summer Energy Market Assessment included remarks in the outline that "Demand response, an effective tool for dampening price spikes, is missing from electricity markets."
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