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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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ERCOT Releases Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy for Spring

LCG, March 3, 2016--The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) on Tuesday released its Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy (SARA). ERCOT expects the region will have sufficient installed generating capacity to serve forecast peak demands with expected generation outages in the upcoming spring season (March - May 2016).

This SARA report is ERCOT's latest spring 2016 peak forecast that incorporates expected weather conditions, which are similar to those that occurred in May 2006, a hotter-than-normal month. The report includes a unit outage forecast of 9,482 MW based on historical outage data since the start of the Texas Nodal Market in 2010. The forecast assumes the high likelihood that the spring peak will occur in May, after completion of most scheduled seasonal maintenance.

The SARA report calculates the spring peak solar unit capacity consistent with the methodology to be applied once operational solar capacity registered with ERCOT reaches the 200 MW threshold as specified in ERCOT Nodal Protocol Section 3.2.6.2.2. The spring peak solar capacity contribution percentage is 58%, which is based on three years of historical spring solar production data. The previous capacity contribution percentage of 100% was significantly higher. The impact of this change is to reduce total available installed and planned solar capacity from 295 MW to 171 MW.

ERCOT stated that it does not anticipate changes to available generation capacity for the spring season due to compliance with environmental regulations. The final compliance date for the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) for coal units with compliance extensions is April 15, 2016. Confidential survey information gathered in December 2015 indicated that coal generators are expected to be compliant with MATS by the compliance date. ERCOT continues to monitor implementation and consults with generation resource owners on their compliance plans for MATS and other environmental regulations.
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