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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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Idaho Power Asks Rate Hike to Cover Power Costs

LCG, Feb. 26, 2001Idaho Power Co. on Friday asked the Idaho Public Utilities Commission for a 1.3 cents per kilowatt-hour across-the-board rate increase to help pay for "extraordinarily high" purchased power expenses. The utility said those costs have reach $160 million in the last 10 months.

"Our company's deferred balance for power purchased to supply our customers since last April hasreached an unprecedented level," said Idaho Power chief executive Jan B. Packwood. "As a regulated utility, it is vital that we begin now to recover these costs and continue to earnestly conserve our energy resources."

Packwood blamed the high cost of purchased power on a volatile wholesale energy market resulting from chronic supply shortages in California and very poor hydro generating conditions due to low river flows in Idaho and throughout the Pacific Northwest.

The company said the emergency charge, if approved, will result in a revenue increase to the company totaling $161 million for one year, which will offset the increase in purchased power costs. There will be another rate change requested in April when Idaho Power makes its annual cost adjustment filing.

Packwood said the increase would "serve to create a more direct connection between the price ourcustomers pay and the true cost of their electricity."

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