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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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Defunct Utility.com Makes Refunds in Pennsylvania

LCG, May 15, 2001Pennsylvania Consumer Advocate Sonny Popowsky said yesterday that a defunct Internet-based electricity supplier will make refunds averaging about $70 each to more than 1,000 Pennsylvania customers who had switched to the failed dot-com.

Utility.com was licensed to provide electric generation service in Pennsylvania, but went out ofbusiness in early March of this year. The Office of Consumer Advocate filed a complaint for refunds against the dot-com with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on behalf of state customers who were entitled to refunds when their service was terminated.

Refund checks are being sent in intervals, depending upon when Utility.com received final usageinformation from Pennsylvania electric utility companies, Popowsky's office said.

Most of the first group to get refunds live in Duquesne Light Co. and Allegheny Energy service territories. Refund checks to customers residing in other utility service areas are expected to be issued within the next several weeks, as final bills are calculated, the advocacy office said.

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