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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Sebastian Coppola, senior vice president and chief financial officer of gas company Semco Energy Inc., will take on the additional responsibilities of president and chief operating officer of Semco Energy Ventures, the company's unregulated subsidiary that owns intrastate gastransmission pipelines, underground gas storage and other non-regulated assets in Michigan.

Amiel David has been named senior vice president and managing director in the Houston office of Duke Capital Partners LLC. For the past eight years, he has been director and senior vice president at First Union Securities Inc., also in Houston.

Jeff Faulk has been named president and chief executive of Duke/Fluor Daniel, a joint venture between Fluor Corp. and Duke Energy Corp. that provides global engineering, construction and operating services to fossil-fueled power generating facilities. He most recently was a senior vice president of Flour Daniel.

T. J. Glauthier, former deputy secretary and chief operating officer with the U.S. Department of Energy, has been appointed president and chief executive of the newly founded Electricity Innovation Institute, an independent affiliated organization of the Electric Power Research Institute.

Lisa Metcalfe has been named vice president and chief technology officer of Avista Advantage, a subsidiary of Avista Corp., the former Washington (state) Water Power Co. She joins Avista from Washington (D.C.) Gas Light Co., where she was vice president and chief information officer.

Victor H. Pena has been named senior vice president and chief administrative officer ofNevada-based Sierra Pacific Resources Corp., the holding company for the state's major utilities, Nevada Power Co. and Sierra Pacific Power Co. He returns to Sierra Pacific after three years in Atlanta as a vice president of AGL Resources Inc.

Richard Schwartz has been named vice president for business development by Avista Advantage, a subsidiary of Avista Corp. He most recently was senior vice president of Cambridge Technology Partners of Cambridge, Mass. where he served as chief operating officer for North America.

Theodore J. Vogel has been named vice president for taxes and tax counsel by CMS Energy Corp. He occupied that position with subsidiary CMS Enterprises from 1997 to 2000 andwas an attorney for CMS Energy's principal subsidiary, Consumers Energy Co., from 1979 to 1987.

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