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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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El Paso Tests Market for Two California Gas Lines

LCG, May 14, 2001El Paso Corp. said Friday that two of its pipeline subsidiaries are holding "open seasons" to test the market for possible expansion of natural gas lines from the Southwest into California.

Open seasons are a period of time during which gas shippers are invited to place firm bids for capacity on a proposed pipeline or pipeline expansion.

El Paso's Mojave Pipeline Co. began an open season last Thursday which will run until May 31 for a proposed expansion to a pipeline carrying gas from Topock, Ariz. on the California border near Needles to Antioch in the San Francisco East Bay and on to Sacramento.

El Paso Natural Gas Co. will on May 25 close an open season begun May 1 for a project that would add capacity on a line from Ehrenberg, Ariz., a border town 80 miles south of Topock near Blythe, Calif. to Dagget, Calif. to a point near Barstow.

The announcement came as El Paso Natural Gas Co. and El Paso Merchant Energy, which is a gas marketer belonging to El Paso Corp., were preparing to defend themselves against charges they used market power to drive up the price of natural gas in California, where prices are the highest in the nation.

This morning in Washington, a federal administrative law judge will begin proceedings brought by the California Public utilities Commission, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Edison Co. charging that the El Paso units manipulated the market, adding $3.7 billion to the cost of gas in the state over the past 12 months.

El Paso is not alone in seeking to expand gas deliveries into California, as a host of new electric power plants, some already under construction, is expected to increase demand dramatically. Other firms that have announced plans to build new lines or expand existing facilities include the Transwestern unit of Enron Corp., PG&E's National Energy Group, the Kern River Transmission subsidiary of The Williams Cos., Southern California Gas Co., Calpine Corp., Kinder Morgan and Questar Corp.

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