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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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Big Wind Farm Planned Near Amarillo, Texas

LCG, Feb. 28, 2001Southwestern Public Service Co., a unit of Xcel Energy Inc., and Cielo Wind Power announced jointly yesterday plans to build an 80 megawatt wind farm near White Deer, Texas, about 40 miles east of Amarillo.

Construction of the facility, to be called Llano Estacado Wind Ranch at White Deer is scheduled to begin in July. Cielo will be the project developer and said it will take about six months to build the facility.

The project will employ 80 Mitsubishi 1,000 kilowatt wind turbines, each of which is about 226 feet tall and weighs 160 tons. The three rotating blades have a diameter of 184 feet.

Power generated when the wind blows at White Deer will be sold to Xcel Energy under a 15-year contract.

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