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

Palisades Nuke May Restart in January

LCG, Sept. 4, 2001--CMS Energy Corp. said on Friday that its Consumers Energy Co. subsidiary expects to restart its Palisades nuclear power plant near South Haven, Mich., in January, following a long shutdown to repair the 790 megawatt reactor's control rod mechanism.

The plant was shut down last June after operators found a small amount of steam leaking where the control rod equipment enters the reactor core. The company said it was decided to replace the entire system at a cost of between $25 million and $30 million rather than simply repair the leak.

In addition to guiding control rods which pass through them at the top of a reactor vessel head, fittings include nozzles which provide coolant to maintain the reactor system pressure boundary. The control rods are moved in and out of the bundles of fuel rods to regulate the level of a reactor's output.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently noted that some reactors have experienced circumferential, as well as longitudinal, cracks in those nozzles, and ordered their inspection by licensees.

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