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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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EPA to Propose Tighter Power Plant Emission Rules

LCG, Sept. 7, 2001--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose lowering limits on three main pollutants from power plants in its plan to expand an emissions trading system for utilities, Bloomberg news service reported yesterday.

Jeffrey Holmstead, assistant EPA administrator for air and radiation, told Bloomberg that the new limits on sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and mercury haven't been settled as the EPA tries to address Department of Energy officials' concerns about the economic impact on electric utilities.

"These levels will be achievable, they will not be economically disruptive, but they will be substantially below the levels that are emitted today," Holmstead said.

EPA Administrator Christie Whitman will submit legislation this month to expand a system begun in 1990 that lets utilities sell or buy credits to release sulfur dioxide, a byproduct of burning coal and other fossil fuels that causes acid rain. The new trading system would include nitrogen oxide and mercury as well as sulphur dioxide, but would not include carbon dioxide, the "greenhouse gas," which the Bush administration has said would be too costly to regulate.

"From the perception of the utilities, I think what this does is give them certainty," Holmstead said of the trading credits legislation. "They know what the regulatory requirements are going to be, rather than have a number of uncoordinated programs come along piecemeal over a number of years."

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