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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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Long Island Power Authority Says Its Low on Juice

LCG, Feb. 14, 2001The Long Island Power Authority, a New York State agency, said yesterday there could be "California-style blackouts" this summer unless it has new generation sources in place on the island.

Politicians everywhere are using California to scare their constituents into giving them what they want.

LIPA Chairman Richard Kessel, speaking to the Hauppauge Industrial Association, said "Over the next five years, Long Island will need at least 500 megawatts of new electricity resources from a combination of on- and off-island sources just to keep up with demand." He added the Authority was considering buying power plants belonging to KeySpan Corp.

KeySpan was formed in 1998 by the merger of Brooklyn Union Gas Co. and part of Long Island Lighting Co. LIPA has a 15-year contract with KeySpan for all of the generation from the former Lilco plants.

"Our long-term energy supply agreement has proven to be very beneficial to our customers," Kessel admitted. "But in assessing the far-reaching consequences of the California crises, LIPA needs to takea hard look at evaluating its right to purchase KeySpan's electric generating facilities."

When Long Island Lighting was broken up, LIPA took over its electric distribution system and KeySpan got the company five power plants with a combined capacity of nearly 4,000 megawatts. As part of agreements signed at that time, LIPA has the right to acquire the plants from KeySpan.

Kessel did not say why it would be better for a state agency than a private business to own power plants.

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