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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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Bechtel Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Combined-Cycle Energy Project in Ohio

LCG, July 22, 2015-Bechtel announced yesterday the groundbreaking of a new natural gas-fired combined-cycle power plant in Carroll County, Ohio. Bechtel is responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) and start-up of the project. EthosEnergy will operate the facility, and Advanced Power will remain as the construction and asset manager. The project is scheduled to be completed and commence commercial operations in 2017.

The Carroll County Energy Facility, located in northeastern Ohio, will be a 700-MW electric generating facility that sells energy, capacity and ancillary services to the PJM market, where a significant number of aging coal-fired power plants have or are scheduled to be retired. The strategically located project is proximate to the Utica and Marcellus natural gas production, together with Kinder Morgan's Tennessee Gas Pipeline system and AEP's 345 kV transmission lines. The project includes two GE 7F.05 gas turbines and a D602 steam turbine.

Bechtel's General Manager - Power stated, "We will be using advanced emissions-control technology to make this plant one of the cleanest and most efficient natural gas power facilities in the United States. This project continues our long history of delivering infrastructure projects in Ohio -- with the support of skilled local workers -- and we have already awarded $15 million worth of contracts to local firms."

Advanced Power announced in April that it had closed a $899 million project financing with its partners TIAA-CREF, Chubu Electric Power Company, Ullico and Prudential Capital Group providing $411 million in equity commitments and BNP Paribas, Credit Agricole and eight other commercial banks providing $488 million in senior secured credit facilities for construction of the project.
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