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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Industry News

Now Fitchburg Gas Wants a 25 Percent Rate Hike

LCG, Sept. 28, 2000Fitchburg Gas & Electric Light Co., which less than two weeks ago asked Massachusetts regulators to approve a winter rate boost that would cost a typical residential natural gas customer $14.11 a month more than he is now paying, said yesterday that's not enough and asked for an increase the would add $30.07 to the householder's monthly bill.

Fitchburg said yesterday that it had "refiled" for a gas rate increase with the Massachusetts Department of Energy and Telecommunications and that the new filing replaces the more modest request of September 15.

Two weeks ago, the company said it needed an 11.5 percent increase, but news of rising wholesale prices for natural gas has prompted it to more than double the request to 24.5 percent. Even the company doesn't know where it will all end.

Mike Dalton, president of parent company Unitil Corp., said only "Natural gas supply pricing has escalated rapidly in a very short period of time."

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