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

Wisconsin Public Service Drops Customer Choice

LCG, Feb. 22, 2001WPS Resources Corp. said yesterday its regulated utility subsidiary Wisconsin Public Service Co. has withdrawn its electric customer choice program because events in California have clouded electric industry deregulation.

The company said it asked the Wisconsin Public Service Commission to withdraw the program from consideration. It had been intended to introduce a competitive electric generation marketplace for consumers in a deregulated environment.

WPS chief executive Larry Weyers said "Unfortunately, with California's experiences with electric shortages and high prices, most customers today seem to accept the current system of utilities building and owning electric plant."

WPS said it was still in favor of a competitive marketplace and would make a few changes in the proposal in order to ease shareholder and customer concerns before resubmitting it to the PSC.

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