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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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Calpine Plans 765 Megawatts for Wisconsin

LCG, Aug. 11, 2000--Calpine Corp. is negotiating to build a $500 million, 765 megawatt power plant in Edgerton, Wisc., the Wisconsin State Journal reported this morning. If permits and approvals are received, the facility would be built next to an industrial park in Rock County.

Calpine officials were in Edgerton this week meeting with city leaders, the paper said. Meetings are planned over the next two months to gauge community response to the proposed plant.

"Edgerton is our first choice," said Mike Maley, Calpines vice president for business development, citing nearby transmission lines, natural gas lines and water resources. While some residents dont want a power plant in their back yards, the proposal has support among city officials.

"I think we have to understand both the positives and negatives," said city administrator Ramona Flanigan. Generating power year-round, the plant would provide 30 full-time jobs, she said. And Edgerton would receive up to $750,000 a year in state shared revenue from taxes paid by the plant. That represents half of the $1.4 million in city taxes that Edgerton collects each year, she said.

Having a power plant in the community could also bring industry to Edgerton, with reliable electricity assured. "And certainly were going to market that" if the plant is built, Flanigan said.

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