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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DOE Selects Tampa Electric Site for Carbon Capture Project Grant

LCG, July 20, 2010--The Department of Energy (DOE) selected Tampa Electric's Big Bend Station for a carbon capture project that will receive an $8.9 million grant. This pilot plant was one of ten selected by the DOE to improve efficiencies and lower costs for carbon capture technologies employed at coal-fired power plants.

The project will demonstrate new POSTCAP technology that uses an amino acid salt as a solvent for CO2 absorption. Siemens Energy will design, install, and operate a pilot plant to capture 90 percent of the CO2 from a slipstream (1 MW equivalent) of the post-combustion exhaust gas. The flue gas will be extracted downstream of an existing Siemens Wet FGD system. A benefit of using the non-toxic, biodegradable solvent is a more environmentally friendly process.

The pilot project is scheduled to commence operations in 2013. Siemens began operations of its first pilot CO2 capture plant for coal-fired power plants at the Staudinger power plant in Germany in September 2009.
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