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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Federal Court Orders California Power Sales Continue

LCG, Feb. 7, 2000A federal court judge late yesterday ordered Reliant Energy Services to keep selling electric power to California utilities despite the expiration of an order requiring it to do so.

The Bush administration allowed to expire at midnight yesterday an emergency order placed by the Clinton administration's Energy Secretary Bill Richardson and extended by current Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham.

Shortly before the deadline, Judge Frank Damrell in the U.S. District Court in Sacramento issued a temporary restraining order requiring Reliant to continue selling juice to Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Edison Co., pending a hearing this afternoon.

Halting the sales, the judge said, would cause "obvious, irreparable harm to the public."

Two other major power suppliers were not included in the order. AES Pacific Inc. and Dynegy Power Corp. had agreed earlier to continue supplying power at least until this afternoon's hearing.

The restraining order had been sought by the California Independent System Operator. The ISO says the power producers signed agreements promising to provide power in an emergency. Yesterday, Cal-ISO declared its 22nd straight Stage 3 power emergency.

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