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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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AES May Build 300 Megawatt South San Francisco Plant

LCG, May 22, 2001AES Corp. said yesterday that a subsidiary is in discussions with officials of the city of South San Francisco about the possibility of building a 300 megawatt power plant in the community on San Francisco's southern border.

Today, officials of AES Pacific were to join in a public meeting with officials and business leaders of the city and representatives of the California Energy Commission to test the waters for the power plant.

Despite a desperate shortage of electric supply in comparison to burgeoning demand in California, there has been fierce local opposition to construction of new power plants. The Wall Street Journal once said the problem in the Golden State is worse than "NIMBY," or "not in my back yard."

It's "BANANA," the Wall Street said "build absolutely nothing anywhere near anybody."

There are hopes that South City, which bills itself as "the industrial city," will be immune from that sort of obstructionism.

Kevin DeGeorge, project manager for AES Pacific, said the company was thinking in terms of a peaking facility, fueled by natural gas, but added "Everything at this stage is very preliminary. We want to hear what the public has to say."
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