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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Industry News

Oyster Creek Powers Down to Fix Valves

LCG, Aug. 15, 2000--The 640 megawatt Oyster Creek nuclear power plant began a deliberate shutdown early this morning when two reactor building isolation valves ceased performing their isolation function.

The precautionary shutdown is required by Nuclear Regulatory Commission rules. According to an Oyster Creek even report filed at 1:45 a.m., five minutes after the shutdown began, the plants reactor was required to be in shutdown mode by 7:04 this morning and in cold shutdown mode by 9:04.

Those times are based on the time the valves first failed to operate, which was at 3:04 a.m. yesterday. Plant operators have been working to restore the valves to operation.

On August 8, GPU Inc. completed its sale of Oyster Creek to Amergen Energy Co., the joint venture between Peco Energy Co. and British Energy that is buying up used nuclear power plants in the U.S. GPU personnel still operate the plant.

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