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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AEP Announces Plans for Fuel Switching from Coal to Gas at Big Sandy Plant

LCG, December 11, 2013--Kentucky Power, a subsidiary of American Electric Power (AEP), plans to convert the 278-MW Unit 1 at the Big Sandy Power Plant from a coal-fired unit to a natural gas-fired unit. The need to switch fuels is driven by compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency's regulations that go into effect in 2015.

On December 6, Kentucky Power filed an application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) with the Kentucky Public Service Commission to convert Unit 1 to natural gas. The application is associated with a stipulated settlement agreement in the Mitchell transfer case approved by the Commission in October.

AEP had previously planned to convert Unit 1 to natural gas. In March 2012, AEP announced that it would instead retire Unit 1.

AEP now expects the conversion to be complete by mid-2016. Following the conversion, the unit capacity will be approximately 268 MW.
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