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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Dresden Unit 2 Gets Four More Years from NRC

LCG, Aug. 30, 2000The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has extended the operating license for the Dresden Unit 2 nuclear power plant by four years, compensating for a like period of time when the plant was already licensed but still being built.

The facility, owned by Commonwealth Edison Co., received its 40-year license from the NRC on Jan. 10, 1966, but did not begin operations until June 9, 1970. The agency, in effect, returned to ComEd the four unused years of its license to operate the plant.

The NRC issued the amendment following a review, which concluded that Dresden Unit 2 could be operated safely through the construction recapture period.

"This is the right thing for us to do at Dresden and it will allow us to recognize the full value of thestation," said Oliver D. Kingsley Jr., president of ComEd's Nuclear Generation Group and the utility's chief nuclear officer.

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