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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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Southern Announces Solar Project to Supply Georgia EMCs

LCG, December 18, 2014-Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power announced yesterday its plan to develop a 131-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Georgia. The electricity and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) will be sold under 25-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) to three Georgia electric membership corporations: Cobb Electric Membership Corporation (Cobb EMC), Flint Electric Membership Corporation (doing business as Flint Energies) and Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation (Sawnee EMC). Cobb EMC has contracted for approximately 101 MW of capacity, and Flint Energies and Sawnee EMC have each contracted for approximately 15 MW.

Southern Company's Chairman, President and CEO stated, "Southern Company is committed to developing renewables as a component of the full portfolio of energy resources. Our strategic solar expansion helps build our system's diverse fuel mix and solar generation capacity to prepare for America's energy future."

The project will be constructed on a 911-acre site southwest of Macon in Taylor County, Georgia. The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the project is First Solar. The project will consist of approximately 1.6 million thin-film PV solar modules mounted on single-axis tracking tables manufactured by First Solar. Project construction is scheduled to commence in September 2015, and commercial operation is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2016.

According to Southern's press release, the facility fits Southern Power's business strategy of growing its wholesale business in targeted markets through acquiring generating assets and building new units, the output of which is significantly covered by long-term contracts.

Last May, Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power announced plans to install three, 30-MW solar energy facilities on U.S. Army bases in Georgia. Like Southern Power's project, the U.S. Army projects are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016. However, Georgia Power will build, own and operate the three facilities. In May, Georgia Power forecast it will have a solar portfolio approaching 900 MW by 2016.
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