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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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Federal Regulators Settle BP Energy Allegations for $3 Million

LCG, July 22, 2003The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and BP Plc. came to an agreement over BPs alleged electricity market manipulation.

In March an investigation by FERC uncovered activity between BP Energy Company and Reliant Resources that allegedly showed manipulation of Western electricity prices during the 2000/2001 energy crisis.

FERC staff found that BP staff sold energy to Reliant and then repurchased it in order to influence electricity prices at the Palo Verde hub. While some people find so-called round-trip trades legitimate, BP did respond to FERCs report and noted the trades were inappropriate.

According the Commission, BP will pay $3 million to United Way in California and Arizona. BP electricity sales will have to pass FERC review for the next six months. Also, energy trading records, such as reports on trades and copies of trading tapes, will be submitted to FERC.

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