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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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SCE&G's Summer Nuke Prepares to Restart

LCG, Feb. 21, 2001South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. said yesterday it expects to restart its Summer nuclear power plant near Parr, S.C. early next month. The plant has been shut down since last October when, during a routine refueling outage, a crack was discovered in a weld on a coolant pipe.

The company had hoped to restart the 1,000 megawatt plant in January or early this month, but those coolant pipes are big, measuring two and one-half feet across, and working on a cracked weld requires a cold reactor.

During the outage, about a third of the plants fuel has been replaced and hundreds of maintenance items have been attended to, the company said., and that weld has been repaired.

" We're actually in the process of restarting right now," a company spokesman said, referring to the many steps that need to be taken before the reactor actually begins its chain reaction. "We expect it back on line in early March."

Summer is two-thirds owned by SCE&G and one-third by the South Carolina Public Service Authority.

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