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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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Court Ruling Supports Dominion's Plans for Exports at Cove Point LNG Terminal

LCG, January 9, 2013--In a court ruling made public on January 4, Dominion Resources Inc. retains the right to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Cove Point, Maryland, facility on the Chesapeake Bay. The Circuit Court Judge rejected arguments by the Sierra Club that such exports violated a 2005 agreement.

With the court ruling, Dominion announced it will proceed with engineering, marketing and regulatory review processes to enable LNG exports from the Cove Point site. Dominion expects the liquefaction project to cost between $2.5 billion and $3.5 billion.

Dominion acquired the Cove Point facility from Williams in 2002 and began importing LNG via ships in the summer of 2003. In 2009, Dominion finished an expansion project that increased Cove Point's storage and production capacity by nearly 80 percent. With the drop in natural gas prices and ample gas supplies in North America, Dominion has reversed course and plans to modify the site to enable LNG exports.

The Circuit Court ruled that Dominion Cove Point's agreement with environmental agencies allows it to build liquefaction facilities inside the plant's fenced area and export LNG. The Sierra Club had maintained Dominion needed its permission to build the facilities.

Dominion's president and CEO stated, "Dominion has made considerable progress towards a project that will bring jobs and revenues to the national and local economies. We have received support from business, labor, government, community and environmental groups for a major construction project that would bring great benefits to many people. We look forward to working with the Sierra Club and other involved environmental groups to continue the outstanding record of environmental cooperation at Dominion Cove Point."

Last June Dominion filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to start the pre-filing process in anticipation of filing an application this year.


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