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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Glenn Etienne has been named senior director for legislative affairs by Dynegy Inc. He most recently was director of regulatory and governmental affairs for the merchant power company.

David S. Gee has joined PG&E Corp. as vice president for strategic planning. He moves to the utility holding company from McKinsey & Co. where he was a principal in the global energy practice and a member of the European petroleum, electric utility, and chemicals practice.

Edwin A. Guiles has been named group president of Sempra Energy Corp.s regulated business units and chairman of both San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Gas Co., succeeding Warren Mitchell, who retired last month as group president and chairman of both utilities. Previously, Guiles served as president of SDG&E since 1998.

Walter M. Higgins has returned to Sierra Pacific Resources Corp. as chairman, president and chief executive officer and will make his offices in Las Vegas. Higgins occupied those positions with Sierra Pacific from 1994 to 1998, leaving to become chairman and chief executive officer of AGL Resources Inc. in Atlanta.

Lee W. Hogan, vice chairman of the Reliant Energy Inc., has resigned to pursue personal interests. He joined Houston Lighting & Power Co. in 1990 and became a director of parent holding company Houston Industries Inc. in 1995, before the name of the company was changed to Reliant Energy.

Steve Philley, vice president for energy supply with TXU Corp. operating subsidiary TXU Electric & Gas Co., has been appointed chief executive officer of TXU Australia, replacing Bob Shapard, who recently announced his resignation to take a position as executive vice president and chief financial officer with Ultramar Diamond Shamrock Corporation.

Paula Rosput, president of Atlanta Gas Light Co., has been elected president and chief executive officer of AGL Resources Inc., replacing Walter M. Higgins who resigned in order to return to Sierra Pacific Resources Corp.

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