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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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Regulators Block Proposed 500 Megawatt Plant

LCG, Aug. 31, 2000A siting committee of the California Energy Commission has recommended that construction of a new 500 megawatt power plant proposed for the middle of a played-out 74-square mile oil field not be approved because the well water used for cooling might be suitable for drinking.

Never mind that there is no one in the middle of that oil field with an empty canteen and that the water might not be suitable for drinking, the committee wants to hold some more hearings on the power plant's water supply.

On August 2, California Gov. Gray Davis issued three executive orders in response to concerns over the state's electric system. In one of them, he imposed a 100-day limit on the permitting process for electric power plant construction proposals. He noted that no deadline existed at present and in some cases granting of a permit had taken more than a year.

The siting committee will hold a hearing on the water supply for the proposed Elk Hills power plant on September 14, in Sacramento.

In a separate case, another California Energy Commission siting committee has recommended approval of a proposal by Duke Energy Corp. to add 1,060 megawatts generating capacity to the Moss Landing power plant it purchased from Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

The new gas-fired, combined-cycle units Duke plans to install will be cooled by seawater. In its decision, the siting committee specified that Duke pay $7 million to make sure that fish weren't adversely affected by the use of their water.

In an editorial Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal observed that "not in by back yard," or NIMBY, has in California given way to BANANA, or "build absolutely nothing anywhere near anyone."

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