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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Renewable Tax Credits Extended

LCG, January 7, 2013--The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 was signed into law by the President on January 2, 2013, and the legislation includes provisions that extend tax credits for wind energy, biodiesel, cellulosic ethanol, electric vehicles, energy-efficient new homes and appliances.

The extension of the wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) both changes (i) the milestone from placing a new facility into service to commencing construction, and (ii) the deadline from January 1, 2013 to January 1, 2014. Given the new milestone, the one-year extension equates to much more than a year extension for project development.

Without the extension of the PTC and with relatively low natural gas prices, the outlook had been poor for continued growth in the development of land-based and offshore wind farms in the United States.

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 also extends the ability of new wind and certain other new renewable energy facilities that qualify for the PTC to elect a 30% investment tax credit (ITC) instead of using the PTC where construction began before January 1, 2014.

The Act also extends for another year "bonus depreciation" that allows taxpayers to immediately deduct 50 percent of the adjusted basis of certain types of property when the project is placed into service. Project developers now have until January 1, 2014 to place new solar, wind, or other renewable energy equipment into service.
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