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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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Construction Begins on Ørsted's 420-MW Solar Plus Battery Storage Project in Texas

LCG, November 14, 2019--Ørsted announced yesterday that, following the final investment decision from its Board of Directors, the company has begun construction on its first utility-scale solar plus battery storage project, the Permian Energy Center.

The Permian Energy Center project includes 420 MW of solar PV generating capacity and 40 MW of battery storage capacity. The solar modules will be supplied by Jinko Solar and JA Solar. The project will be built on a 3,600-acre site in Andrews County, Texas, and is scheduled to commence operations in mid-2021.

Ørsted's CEO stated, "We are very excited to be moving ahead with the Permian Energy Center project and to be adding solar plus storage to our rapidly growing portfolio of US onshore assets. With the completion of Permian, Ørsted will have a US portfolio of operating assets that spans the full spectrum of offshore and onshore renewable energy technologies, which we believe is important as we look to offer our customers the most competitive and diverse clean energy solutions into the future."
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