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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Texas Genco Awarded DOE Grant for Coal Plant Emissions Project

LCG, October 29, 2004--Yesterday the Department of Energy (DOE) announced the final project selected to receive a grant from Round Two of the 2002 Clean Coal Power Initiative. Texas Genco will receive $6.1 million grant in support of a $12.2 million project to reduce emissions at an existing coal plant.

The project will focus on reducing mercury emissions through the use of advanced control processes and sensor technologies to optimize mercury speciation and control at the existing Limestone Electric Generating Station. The plant will use a blend of Texas lignite and Powder River Basin (PRB) subbituminous coal.

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 country's growing demand for electricity.

The DOE announced similar grants this month in support of other advanced coal technology projects. Excelsior Energy, Inc. and ConocoPhillips will receive a $38 million grant for the development of a new, 531-MW, integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant to be located near Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota. Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) and Southern Power, the unregulated subsidiary of Southern Company, will receive a $235 million 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 receive a $19.7 million 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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