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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Judge Adds a Week, 3 Firms to California Power Order

LCG, Feb. 9, 2001U.S. District Court Judge Frank Damrell again yesterday extended his restraining order requiring merchant power sales to continue to the California Independent System Operator, but this time he added three firms and said the extension would stay in effect until next Friday.

On Tuesday, Judge Damrell had ordered Reliant Energy Inc. to continue to sell power to Cal-ISO pending a hearing Wednesday. After Wednesday's hearing, he continued the order until another hearing yesterday. Yesterday, he ordered Reliant and three other companies to continue their power sales until February 16.

Added to the order were power producers AES Pacific Inc. and Dynegy Power Co., which were not covered by the original restraining order because they said they would continue to deliver power pending yesterday afternoon's expected ruling, and The Williams Cos. which markets power for AES.

All four companies have said they were willing to sell power to the California Department of Water Resources, but were chary of selling to the ISO for fear of not getting paid.

In his opinion, Judge Damrell wrote "While the precise amount of electricity available from defendants to respond to emergency dispatch orders is uncertain and in dispute, it is nevertheless significant, and its loss poses an imminent threat of blackouts."

"We're pleased that the judge understood the problem," ISO spokesman Patrick Dorinson said, "it could have created a very serious situation for California."

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