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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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SoCal Cities Propose 240 Megawatt Burbank Plant

LCG, May 10, 2001The city of Burbank, Calif., along with Anaheim, Colton, Glendale and Pasadena as partners, has proposed development of a 240 megawatt generating unit that would be built at an existing power plant belonging to the Burbank Water and Power department.

Burbank said yesterday it would submit an application for certification to the California Energy Commission on Monday for the Magnolia Power Project. "The cities are proposing to construct a clean-burning, natural gas-fueled generating unit by mid-2004 to provide participants a reliable, long-term electricity resource," said Ronald E. Davis, Burbank Water and Power's general manager.

Because the site has been used as a power plant since 1941, Davis said much of the infrastructure is already in place, such as the natural gas supply pipeline and electrical transmission system. In addition, reclaimed water will be used for cooling, to the extent practicable.

In about 12 months, decommissioned generation structures on the site will be removed prior to installation of a combustion turbine-generator, heat-recovery steam generator and exhaust stack over a 30-month period, Burbank said. Construction will include a turbine-generator building, cooling tower, andcontrol and administrative buildings.

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