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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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Bonneville Puts $5,000 Price on Insulator Shooter’s Head

LCG, Aug. 29, 2000--The Bonneville Power Administration has boosted the amount of the reward on its wanted poster for the gunman who has been shooting out insulators on its 230 kilovolt transmission line near Shelton, Wash.

Information leading to the arrest and conviction of the miscreant will earn $5,000. Bonnevilles patience is growing short, as one or more trigger-happy rifle-toters have shot out insulators on the same line three times in one month. So far, the company estimates the damage will cost about $10,000 to repair.

"This is a serious situation due to the high voltages carried by this line and the number of peopleusing the area for recreation," said Jeff Millennor, Bonneville security specialist. "Electricity traveling in the ground from a downed line can electrocute people as far away as 100 feet or more."

Bonneville has a crime witness program that protects the identity of informants, but if we knew who was doing it we would stand on the courthouse steps and tell the world. That person is (or those people are) giving honest folks who own shooting irons a bad name.

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