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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 Power Acquires Controlling Interest in California Solar Project

LCG, September 1, 2015--Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power yesterday announced the acquisition of a controlling interest (51 percent) in the 200-MW Tranquillity Solar Facility in California from Recurrent Energy, a subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc. Recurrent Energy will retain the remaining interest in the project, which represents its first partnership with Southern Power.

The Tranquillity Solar Facility is scheduled to commence commercial operations in the fourth quarter of 2016. The electricity and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by the facility will be sold under a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to Southern California Edison. The project will support Southern California Edison???s efforts to meet the California Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) of 33 percent renewable energy by 2020 for Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs).

Project construction began in July at the 1,900-acre site in Fresno County, California. The project includes the installation of over 800,000 polycrystalline photovoltaic (PV) solar modules that will be mounted on tracking tables. Signal Energy Constructors is managing the engineering, procurement and construction of the facility.

Southern Company???s Chairman, President and CEO stated, ???Southern Company's strategic solar expansion is helping diversify our energy mix while strengthening our industry leadership in solar. We will continue to develop the right projects and develop innovative solutions as we shape America's energy future."

In April, Southern Power announced the acquisition of a controlling interest in the 32-MW Lost Hills-Blackwell Solar Facility in California from First Solar, Inc. Southern Power has announced, acquired or is constructing more than 1,300 MW of renewable ownership, including six solar projects in California.
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