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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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TransAlta to Build 440 Megawatt Cogenerator

LCG, Sept. 14, 2000TransAlta Corp. said yesterday it would spend $400 million Canadian ($270 million U.S.) to build a 440 megawatt cogeneration power plant and take over existing plants with a combined capacity of 210 megawatts, all in Sarnia, Ontario.

The new, natural gas-fired cogeneration facility will be the largest of its type in Canada, the company said.

Commercial operation of the 440 megawatt plant is expected by October 2002. Once it is up and running, it will supply Bayer, Dow Chemical Canada Inc. and NOVA Chemicals (Canada) Ltd. with power and steam. Excess power will be sold into the competitive electricity markets.

"This project demonstrates our commitment to grow our gas-fired generation by 500 megawatts a year, and the company's goal to own and operate 10,000 megawatts by 2002," said Steve Snyder, TransAlta president and chief executive. "The project also positions TransAlta for growth as the restructuring of the industry in Ontario continues to unfold."

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