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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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Minnesota Coal Project Receives DOE Grant

LCG, October 28, 2004--The Department of Energy announced that the proposed Mesaba Energy Project, an advanced coal plant estimated to cost $1.18 billion, will receive a $38 million grant. The grant is part of President Bush's 2002 Clean Coal Power Initiative (CCPI) to invest $2 billion over 10 years to advance technologies to help meet the United State's growing electricity demand.

The project will be a 531-MW, integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant and will be located near Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota. The generation process includes coal gasification, with the gas from the coal passed through a gas turbine to generate electricity. The hot exhaust gas from the turbine heats water to produce steam to power a steam turbine and generate electricity a second time. The plant design is intended to reduce costs and improve efficiency and availability with reduced emissions. Excelsior Energy Inc. and ConocoPhillips will construct and operate the plant.

Earlier this month, the DOE announced similar grants in support of other advanced coal technology projects. Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) and Southern Power, the unregulated subsidiary of Southern Company, will receive a $235 million CCPI grant for the development of a 285-MW, advanced coal plant to be built at OUC's existing Stanton Energy Center near Orlando, Florida. Peabody Energy will also receive a $19.7 million CCPI grant to demonstrate a technology to achieve ultra-low emissions at the proposed 300-MW, Mustang Energy Project located near Peabody's Lee Ranch Coal Company operations in New Mexico.

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