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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 Buys Remaining Interest in Agnews Plant

LCG, Aug. 21, 2000--Calpine Crop. said on Friday that it had acquired the 80 percent it didnt already own of a 29 megawatt cogeneration plant located at a former California state mental hospital a few miles from the companys San Jose, Calif. headquarters.

Calpine, which had taken a 20 percent stake in the plant at the Agnews Developmental Center in 1990, purchased the remaining interest from GATX Capital Corp. Financial details were not disclosed.

"Acquiring this interest will allow us to further enhance output and operational efficiency of theAgnews facility, and enable us to operate all of our facilities as part of an integrated power system,"said Jake Rudisill, Calpine senior vice president for the western region.

The Agnews plant currently sells an average of 28 megawatts of electricity to Pacific Gas & Electric Company, and one megawatt to the Agnews Developmental Center. The facility also supplies an average of 5,000 pounds per hour of low-pressure steam to the Developmental Center under a long-term energy services agreement.

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