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

Alliance RTO, Midwest ISO Shake Hands

LCG, Feb. 27, 2001The Alliance Regional Transmission Organization said yesterday it has reached an agreement in principal with the Midwest ISO that calls for the continuation of the two RTOs while establishing a single pricing structure and an inter-RTO coordination agreement that will help facilitate bulk power transactions in the Midwest.

The settlement agreement came in proceedings conducted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Stan Szwed, a vice president of First Energy Corp. and chairman of the Alliance management group, said the agreement "represents a true compromise that meets the needs of transmission customers, owners, and regulators. This agreement acknowledges the development of two RTOs with different business structures in the region, while addressing seams issues that will be important to the development of the energy market."

Under the settlement, which must be ratified by FERC, the Midwest ISO will drop its objections to two members, Illinois Power Co. and Ameren Corp., switching to Alliance.

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