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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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Florida PSC Approves FPL's Proposal to Build New Nuclear Reactors

LCG, March 19, 2008--The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday approved a petition by Florida Power and Light (FPL) for a determination of need to build two new nuclear reactors at its Turkey Point facility south of Miami. The filing was the initial step toward receiving approval from the State to build Units 6 and 7, which are scheduled to commence operations in 2018 and 2020.

The project will add approximately 2,200 to 3,040 MW of electric generating capacity to meet the forecast, growing demand for power by the year 2020. The PSC Chairman stated, "The nuclear units will provide a clean, non-carbon emitting source of base-load power to meet Florida?s growing energy needs."

In August of last year, FPL announced plans to add the two nuclear reactors at a PSC workshop on future energy needs. In October, FPL filed its plans with the PSC to construct the reactors.

Other utilities in Florida have similar plans to install nuclear reactors. Earlier this month, Progress Energy Florida submitted a petition for Determination of Need to the Florida PSC that proposed to construct two nuclear reactors at a greenfield site in Levy County, Florida. The new power plant would also provide baseload electricity to meet increasing customer demands. The two, 1,100-MW units are scheduled to commence operations in 2016 and 2017. The site in Levy County is about eight miles north of its existing Crystal River Energy Complex.
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