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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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Court Ruling Allows We Energies' Oak Creek Project to Proceed

LCG, June 29, 2005--Yesterday the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted 4-2 to reverse a Dane County Circuit Court ruling that had blocked the construction of two, 615-MW coal plants. With the new ruling, We Energies plans to proceed rapidly towards construction.

Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan had ruled last November that the Wisconsin Public Service Commission's (WPSC) approval of the Oak Creek project violated state statutes and that the WPSC must restart the approval process. The PSCW approved the construction of the project in November 2003. The project, estimated to cost $2.15 billion, includes two, supercritical pulverized coal units and would be the largest coal plant in Wisconsin.

The project was opposed in court by Clean Wisconsin Inc. and S.C. Johnson & Sons Inc. These opponents are also challenging three state permits which the plant needs to operate, including a lawsuit with the Dane County Circuit Court that challenges the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' air pollution permit and one for the cooling system, which was an item of dissent among Supreme Court justices.

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