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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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AEP to Build New West Texas Line

LCG, Sept. 22, 2000A new electric transmission line crossing part of West Texas was announced yesterday by American Electric Power Co. and the Lower Colorado River Authority, a state conservation and reclamation district that wholes power.

The joint venture will build a $90 million, 345 kilovolt line that will span 150 miles across the Edward Plateau. It will be the western part of a 225 mile line that will move power from Big Spring to a point near Fort Worth, moving power from new gas-fired plants in the west to energy hungry population centers. Some new wind farms in the west will also be served.

AEP will build and operate the 150-mile segment and the Lower Colorado River Authority will pay for and own it. It should be noted that the Texas Colorado River isn't the same one that flows through the Grand Canyon.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, a regional unit of the North American Electric Reliability Council, also acts as the state's independent system operator, in charge of the Texas electric transmission grid. It has urged new lines to accommodate generation of many new merchant power plants in various parts of Texas.

ERCOT has pointed to a half-dozen areas in Texas that are under-served by transmission, including the stretch to be covered by the AEP, LCRA link.

More than 30 new power plants are expected to add over 18,000 megawatts of generation to the Texas system around the time the state's electricity market opens to competition in 2002, or shortly thereafter.

AEP said arranging for the new line's transmission corridor is underway. Approval is needed from the Public Utility Commission of Texas before the line can be built.

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