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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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AES SoCal Plants Get 10-day Emissions Break

LCG, Feb. 12, 2001AES Southland, the operator of about 4,000 megawatts worth of aging power plants purchased from Southern California utilities under the state's electric restructuring law, said this morning that it had reached agreement with a state environmental agency that will allow the plants to continue to provided much-needed power to the California grid.

Other operators of power plants in the southern part of the state were also covered by an executive order issued by the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The 10-day order allows the power plants to continue in operation without violating rules of the Clean Air Act, specifically regarding compliance with nitrogen oxide emissions limits.

AES Southland Mark Woodruff said "We are pleased that this Order will allow AES to lawfully operate all of its generating units during this time of crisis. AES appreciates the efforts of Barry Wallerstein, members of the District staff, and senior officials from the State who have taken this important step during these difficult times for California."

AES said it has pending permits to retrofit emission controls on 8 generating units at a cost of$38 million. "Selective catalytic reduction is the long term solution to this problem. We hope that theappeal of the approval in the case of two units at our Huntington Beach plant does not further delayinstallation at that location", Woodruff said.

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