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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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Explosion Rips 495 Megawatt New York Power Plant

LCG, May 17, 2001An explosion in a coal fired unit of the 495 megawatt Lovett power plant in Rockland County, N.Y., at 11:45 a.m. yesterday injured one worker and took the entire generating facility off line, officials said.

The blast also caused Rockland County Health Department a few tense hours as the agency fretted over the possible release of asbestos. About 300 schoolchildren who live in the area were not allowed to return home after school until tests showed they wouldn't breathe the suspected carcinogen en route.

A spokesman for the plant's owner, Mirant Corp., said the cause of the explosion was under investigation. The 200 megawatt unit 5, in which the blast occurred, was not running at the time, but other units were producing about 140 megawatts. All were units were shut down as a precaution.

"We don't know yet when any of the units will be able to restart," a company spokesman said. But Lou Friscoe, Mirant's director of environmental and external affairs, said the damage was isolated to the Unit 5 boiler and other units would be able to make up for the loss.

Rob Doherty, a Mirant worker, was near the unit when it exploded. "We were standing on the roof across from it and it just shook," Mr. Doherty said. "It was terrifying. Fly ash went up the side of the mountain."

The injured worker, who suffered second-degree burns on his face and arms, was in stable condition at Westchester Medical Center.

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