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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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NRC Accepts MHI's Nuclear Reactor Design Application for Review

LCG, March 5, 2008--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on February 29 accepted for review an application from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) to certify the U.S. Advanced Pressurized Water Reactor (US-APWR) design. The US-APWR design supports a 1,700 MW nuclear power station design. A similar version is now under license review in Japan.

MHI filed its application to certify the design on December 31, 2007. The NRC will conduct a technical review and will issue a Safety Evaluation Report after all technical and safety questions are addressed. The NRC may then certify the design with an agency rulemaking. The NRC?s Office of New Reactors expects the review work will continue at least into 2011.

Given certification by the NRC, a company applying for a license to construct and operate a nuclear power plant could elect to use the design and reduce potential litigation, as safety issues resolved within the scope of the design certification would generally not be subject to litigation.

The US-APWR design was selected by Luminant (formerly TXU Power) for its planned new nuclear power plants, which include two new reactors at the existing, 2,300-MW Comanche Peak nuclear power station in Texas.
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