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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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480 Megawatt Peaker Planned for Chicago Area

LCG, Feb. 2, 2001--Mirant Corp., the former Southern Energy, said today it will build a 480 megawatt natural gas-fueled power plant in Rockdale, Ill., southwest of Chicago. The six-turbine peaking facility would begin commercial operation in 2003 or 2004, the company said.

"The Rockdale location is ideal because of its proximity to major power lines and a natural gassupply and the high demand for electricity from Chicago and surrounding cities," Richard Pershing, Mirant America's chief executive, said in the statement.

Mirant said the Rockdale plant is part of its effort to have 30,000 megawatts of generatingcapacity in the United States by 2004. The company said it currently has about 12,500 megawatts in the U.S., with another 7,000 megawatts under advanced development.

Despite the name change, Mirant is still 80 percent owned by The Southern Co.

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