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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Keypan Asks Okay to Add 250 Megawatts at NYC Plant

LCG, Aug. 2, 2000--Keyspan Corp. said yesterday it has asked the New York State Public Service Commission for authority to expand by 250 megawatts the generating capacity of its Ravenswood power plant in Long Island City, a community in the New York City borough of Queens.

The company claims that when the expansion is complete, the gas-fired plant will be the cleanest and most efficient generating station in New York City. Its already the largest, and its 2,168 megawatts capacity accounts for 28 percent of the electric generation located in the city.

In a prepared statement, Robert B. Catell, chief executive of Keyspan, said "New York City has a critical need for electric power. An expanded Ravenswood power plant would help ensure that the city has adequate capacity to meet the ever-increasing demand for electricity. Additional sources of power are necessary to sustain and expand economic growth in New York City and the metropolitan area. A Ravenswood expansion can achieve this in an environmentally sensitive manner."

According to Keyspan, this year New York City is 300 megawatts short of meeting its reliability requirement for in-city electric-generation capacity, and the City's demand for electricity continues to grow at the rate of approximately 150 megawatts per year.

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