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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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Black Hills Asks to Build Wyoming Coal-burner

LCG, Feb. 27, 2001Black Hills Corp. said yesterday it had begun the permitting process for a planned 500 megawatt coal-fired power plant to be built in Gillette, Wyo., adjoining the company's other power plants and a PacifiCorp plant at the same location.

Black Hills Energy Capital Inc., the company's independent power subsidiary, said the new plant could be operating as soon as 2005, but is contingent upon "an expedited regulatory approval timetable, the availability of adequate electric transmission access to multiple markets, and the securing of long-term power contracts for the energy produced by the project."

The company said the new plant would be similar in features to the existing 362 megawatt Wyodak power plant operated by PacifiCorp at the site. The energy produced would be sold in the wholesale energy markets.

"We are hopeful that our ambitious response to market opportunity is matched by the commitmentof others so that we might proceed rapidly," said Daniel P. Landguth, chief executive of Black Hills Corp. "We appreciate the need for regulatory review and compliance, but we are hopeful that the review process can be expedited. We also believe that the State of Wyoming can position itself as an energy leader by facilitating private sector construction of additional electric transmission line infrastructure."

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