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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Spain's Fenosa to Buy Two AES Power Firms

LCG, Aug. 31, 2000AES Corp. of the U.S. said yesterday it would sell as planned two Colombian power companies to Unin Fenosa, Spain's third-largest electricity generating company. Fenosa will pay $235 million for the companies.

AEC acquired the two Colombian firms when it bought Venezuela's Grupo EDC earlier this year in what began as a hostile takeover bid. Fenosa, which initially contested AEC for EDC, agreed to back off in exchange for the right to buy the regional power company Epsa for $100 million and another, Electrocosta-Electricaribe, for $135 million.

In addition to buying Epsa and Electrocosta-Electricaribe, Fenosa will exercise an option to purchase Genevapaca, a Venezuelan refinery power supplier, for a price to be agreed upon at a later date.

The properties in Colombia cost EDC about $555 million when they were acquired in 1997, but have proved to be a headache because of guerilla activity and governmental red tape.

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