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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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Widespread East Coast Power Failure Affects Flights, Subways

LCG, August 14, 2003This afternoon blackouts hit residents of New York, northern New Jersey, Michigan, parts of Long Island and Connecticut, and even Ottawa and Ontario.

According to the New York Times, upstate New York authorities told New York City officials the blackouts had to do with overload on the Niagara Mohawk Power Grid.

In addition fire at a New York City power station at 4:00 Eastern time may have contributed to the blackouts. Several authorities have pointed to Canada as the source of the blackout. Most authorities have asserted that the cause is still unknown.

Reuters has also reported that a nuclear plant in New Jersey is not operating, which may have contributed to an overloaded system. Indian Points two nuclear reactors, as well as Ohios Perry and Fermi nuclear generators have been shut down because of loss of off-site power.

Several airports are experiencing outages, including all three of New York Citys. Ground stops have been ordered for Cleveland, Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark, N.J. airports, preventing planes from leaving those airports until further notice.

Subways in several cities are down, and combined with traffic signal failures, wreaked havoc in rush hour streets.

No evidence of terrorism has as yet been linked to the power failure, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the FBI.

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