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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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Enron to Build 215 Megawatt Colorado Plant

LCG, Sept. 21, 2000A subsidiary of Enron Corp. will build a $100 million, 215 megawatt power plant south of Colorado Springs, Colo. to sell electricity to the former Public Service Co. of Colorado, which wants to add generating capacity around the state, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported this morning.

Public Service Co. of Colorado is now Xcel Energy Inc., or a part thereof. It had become New Century Energies Inc. when it merged with Southwestern Public Service Co. Now that New Centuries has been folded into Northern States Power Co., it's Xcel. People in Colorado still think of it as Public Service Co.

Earlier this year, the Denver office of Xcel estimated that Colorado would need enough power for another 1.6 million households, on top of the 2.5 million already served by Public Service Co. The company put out a request for proposals asking for bids on 1,500 megawatts of new generation.

Enron North America Corp. successfully offered to build the four-turbine, 215 megawatt natural gas-fired plant near an existing substation six miles from Colorado Springs' municipal power plant, which is fueled by coal.

Wilexco Inc., an Englewood, Colo. company, was another successful bidder, and plans to build an 83 megawatt power plant not far from the Enron facility, if it can get the necessary permits. Getting permits for the Wilexco plant may not be easy because the fuel will be tires, like those Firestones that Ford dealers are throwing away.

Enron expects its plant to be operation by next June, according to Eric Thode, director of public relations for Enron North America. Output from the plant will be sold to Xcel on a 10-year contract, after which the facility could be run as a merchant plant if Colorado deregulates its electric industry and allows competition.

The plant is not being built with that in mind, according to Thode. "This plant is being built for the deal as it currently exists. This deal makes sense because this deal makes sense, period."

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