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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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Wind Projects Added to PG&E's Renewables Portfolio

LCG, April 28, 2005--Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced yesterday that it has submitted three new long-term power purchase agreements with wind farms to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for regulatory review. With the addition, PG&E expects to meet over 30% of its customers' electricity demands with renewable energy.

In total, the three contracts add 143-158 MW of renewable capacity to PG&E's supply portfolio and are a result of the company's Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) solicitation of 2004. The three, California wind farms are: FPL Montezuma, located in Solano County; Buena Vista, located at Altamont Pass; and Pacific Renewable, located near Lompoc. PG&E plans to issue another RPS solicitation this summer, with the goal of supplying another 1-2% of customer electricity demands with renewable energy.

The State of California's RPS Program, which is managed by the CPUC and the California Energy Commission, requires each utility to increase its procurement of eligible renewable generating resources by 1% of load per year to achieve a 20% renewables goal.

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