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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Dynegy Ex-Executives Plead Guilty to Fraud Charges

LCG, August 7, 2003Former Dynegy executives Gene Foster and Helen Sharkey pled guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud.

According to the prosecution, the two bought natural gas from the partnership ABG Gas Supply LLC at $300 million below market price, sold the gas at market price, and recorded the $300 million profit. Allegedly the executives promised ABGs banks a full repayment and therefore the arrangement should have been recorded as a debt instead of a profit. The indictment included a related and allegedly inappropriate $79 million tax benefit.

Sharkey and Foster remain free on bond after entering guilty pleas and will return to court October 24 for sentencing. They have agreed to work with prosecutors.

The two executives were fired in February, and Dynegy has since reevaluated and restated its financial situation. Foster served as vice president for tax matters for Dynegy, and Sharkey was accounting manager.

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