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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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Duke Defers Site Selection for New Nuclear Reactors

LCG, December 22, 2005--Duke Power yesterday announced that it has deferred the announcement of its site selection for new nuclear reactors until sometime next month. The company is preparing a combined construction and operating license (COL) application to construct two nuclear reactors. Duke Power, a business unit of Duke Energy, plans to submit the COL application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) within the next 24-30 months.

Nuclear power is just one supply option under consideration by Duke Power. The company filed plans last May with the North Carolina Utilities Commission regarding the potential addition of 2,200 MW of generating capacity adjacent to three existing power plants, with total costs of more than $2.3 billion. As an alternative to adding a new coal-fired plant at its Cliffside Steam Station, Duke identified the option of building a new nuclear reactor.

Duke plans to use Westinghouse Electric Co.'s Advanced Passive 1000 (AP1000) reactors, which are each able to generate 1,100 MW of electricity. The AP1000 design incorporates passive safety features that rely upon natural forces, such as gravity, in order to reduce reliance on active systems, such as pumps and valves.

Duke already uses Westinghouse Electric's pressurized water reactor technology, upon which the AP1000 is based, at the Duke Power-operated McGuire and Catawba nuclear stations near Charlotte, North Carolina. The site for the two new reactors will be identified after the completion of its current site selection study, which includes 14 potential sites in the Carolinas.

Duke is a participant in NuStart Energy Development, LLC, a consortium founded in 2004 to support the development of new nuclear power stations. Other participants include Exelon, Entergy, Southern Company, Constellation, Progress Energy, the Tennessee Valley Authority, Florida Power & Light, EDF International, and the two reactor vendors, GE and Westinghouse Electric. Many of these participants are pursuing the development of new nuclear reactors in the Southeast, with the combined development plans totaling more than 15,000 MW of new nuclear generation starting operations in the period from 2015 to 2017.

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