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

Germans Agree on Plan to Shut Nuclear Plants

LCG, May 14, 2001German government and electric industry leaders have worked out compromises to disagreements over plans to shut down the country's 19 nuclear power plants, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported this morning.

Chancellor Gerhard Schrder and leaders of the country's electricity producers had worked out a broad outline of the plan last June, but the energy producers later called for changes in the draft legislation because they feared the text could be rewritten to their disadvantage, the paper said.

Environment Minister Jrgen Trittin said over the weekend that the parties could sign the agreement later this month or early in June. The agreement would then be considered by the German cabinet and then by the Bundestag, Germany's parliament. The deal would not be subject to approval by the Bundesrat, an assembly of German states.

Tritten, a leader of the anti-nuke Green Party, told the Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel, "The result of the agreement is that around 2018 Germany will no longer have any nuclear power plants on-line." Tritten has been guilty of wishful thinking in the past, however.

According to the Frankfurt paper, the plan would allow each plant to operate for 32 years and produce a fixed amount of energy. But producers could trade these quotas among plants, allowing older facilities to be closed in order to extend the life of other sites.

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