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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FPL Begins Construction on Solar Project

LCG, February 27, 2009--Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) yesterday announced the groundbreaking for its DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center, which will provide 25 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) power to FPL's customers in Florida. The company states that the project will be the largest solar PV facility in the nation when it is complete at the end of 2009.

The DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center will utilize 180 acres of land in DeSoto County, Florida. The facility will include 90,000 Sunpower PV panels with the SunPower® Tracker technology, which provides for the panels to follow the sun throughout the day and increase the solar energy converted to power.

FPL is now pursuing three solar projects in Florida, all of which were approved by the Florida Public Service Commission last July. In addition to the DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center, a 10-MW, PV project that uses the Sunpower panels and SunPower® Tracker technology will be constructed at the Kennedy Space Center.

FPL's third solar project is the Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center, which will be built at FPL's existing Martin Plant site, which includes natural gas-fired, combined cycle electric generating facilities. The project incorporates a design that will, when solar power is available, use energy from the sun to generate steam as a substitute for burning natural gas in a combined-cycle steam turbine system. The solar project will include approximately 180,000 mirrors spread over 500 acres. The project will provide for as much as 75 MW of solar power and is expected to be the first such hybrid system in the world.
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