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

Pepco to Acquire Conectiv for $2.2 Billion

LCG, Feb. 12, 2001-- Potomac Electric Power Co. said this morning it would acquire Conectiv Inc. for $2.2 billion in cash and stock, in a deal that will make the new company the mid-Atlantic region's largest electric utility.

EnergyOnline Daily News reported Friday that the two companies were close to a deal. The $2.2 billion sale price values Conectiv at $25 per share of common stock, a 16 percent premium over Friday's closing price on the New York Stock Exchange.

Conectiv had quietly shopped itself around for several months, but had developed little interest from potential merger partners or buyers.

John Derrick, chairman and chief executive of Pepco, will retain those positions in the new company. Howard Cosgrove, his counterpart at Conectiv will retire.

Pepco said it will cut its annual dividend by 40 percent, from $1.66 to $1.00, effective with the June dividend. The company said the lower dividend was consistent with the payout of other electric distribution companies and the money saved was necessary for growth in an increasingly competitive industry.

Pepco said it expected necessary regulatory approvals to take about a year.

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