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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 Approves First U.S. LNG Terminal in 20 Years

LCG, August 22, 2003Sempra Energy has receivedinformal environmental approval to construct the firstliquified natural gas terminal in the U.S. in 20years.

Sempra plans to build the facility in Hackberry,Louisiana, some 30 miles from the Louisiana-Texasborder. The site is projected to cost $700 million andwill be able to process 1.5 billion cubic feet perday. If constructed according to the expected timeframe, Hackberry will be up and running by 2007.
The company announced that the Federal EnergyRegulatory Commission (FERC) found the plansenvironmentally acceptable and issued a finalenvironmental impact statement asserting the facilitywould pose little environmental hazard. Sempra alsoneeds approval from the Army Corps of Engineers andLouisiana authorities before beginningconstruction.

The company expects official approval from FERC soon and sees no major obstacles toconstruction.

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