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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OPPD Board Moves Forward on New Coal Plant

LCG, April 15, 2005--The Omaha Public Power District Board of Directors has authorized management to proceed toward executing a contract with the Nebraska City Power Partners that will lead to the construction of a 663-MW, coal-fired power plant located near Nebraska City. Nebraska City Power Partners is a consortium of contractors that includes Black & Veatch, Gilbert Industrial Corporation, and Zachary Construction of San Antonio, Texas.

The site, Nebraska City Station, already has one coal-fired unit generating power and has the potential for a total of four units. Construction is expected to begin in September, and commercial operations are to commence in 2009. The new unit will burn low-sulfur coal and will include sophisticated emission-control systems.

Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) will use 50% of the power from the new coal unit to serve the electricity demands of its customers. The remainder of the plant output will be used by seven other public power entities participating in the unit.

The new coal plant is one of many coal projects planned across North America that are moving forward towards commercial operation.

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