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

Brazil Gives Enron, British Gas, Access to Bolivian Gas

LCG, Feb. 15, 2001Brazil's National Petroleum Agency said yesterday Enron Corp. of the U.S. and British Gas Plc would be allowed access to the Bolivia-Brazil natural gas pipeline, despite objections by the government-owned oil giant Petrobras.

The move could mean further loosening of Petrobras' control over the pipeline, which has ample unused capacity.

The national Petroleum Agency said Enron and British Gas "will be able to use the capacity of the pipeline which is not being used, compensating the operator with a tariff for distance, in order to pump up to 1 million cubic meters of gas a day each."

The addition of 2 million cubic meters (about 70 million cubic feet) will increase throughflow on the pipeline by about 29 percent, to 315 million cubic feet per day. Brazil is under pressure to make good on its agreement with Bolivia to buy up to about 1 billion cubic feet per day of Bolivian gas.

Enron will transport the gas to 12 points in Minas Gerais state and Sao Paulo state. British Gas will pump gas to eight points in Sao Paulo. Local sources say that both companies are expected to request increased volumes and that other companies may request access to the pipeline.

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