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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APS Signs PPA with NextEra for Power from Perrin Ranch Wind Energy Center

LCG, July 29, 2010--Arizona Public Service Company (APS) and NextEra Energy Resources have executed a 25-year, power purchase agreement (PPA) for APS to buy all of power generated from NextEra's planned Perrin Ranch Wind Energy Center, located in Coconino County, Arizona.

The 99.2-MW project will consist of 62, 1.6-MW wind turbines. Construction is scheduled to commence next year, and the project is expected to deliver power to the grid in 2012. This schedule is contingent upon receiving necessary permitting. In addition, the PPA must be approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC).

In 2006, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) adopted rules setting Arizona's Renewable Energy Standard (RES) to 15 percent by 2025, with 30 percent of the renewable energy to be derived from distributed energy technologies. Investor-owned utilities (like APS) and electric power cooperatives serving retail customers in Arizona must meet this target. The RES target in 2012 is 3.5 percent.

Arizona's first commercial-scale wind farm, the Dry Lake Wind Power Project, was dedicated in October 2009. The 63-MW project was developed by Iberdrola Renewables, and Salt River Project (SRP) signed a PPA for all of the power output. The project includes 30 Suzlon S88-2.1 MW wind turbines.
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