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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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Calpine Completes Acquisition of Westcoast Energy Plants

LCG, Sept. 24, 2001--Calpine Corp. said on Friday its wholly owned subsidiary Canada Power Holdings Ltd. has completed the acquisition and assumed operations of two Canadian cogeneration plants from British Columbia-based Westcoast Energy Inc.

The acquisition adds 275 net megawatts of strategic natural gas-fired generation to Calpine's Canadian power portfolio. Calpine said it paid about $255 million (U.S.) for the plants.

The acquisition gives Calpine 100 percent interest in the Island Cogeneration facility, a 250 megawatt natural gas-fired electric plant located near Campbell River, British Columbia on Vancouver Island.

The plant, which is nearly completed, will deliver electricity to BC Hydro under the terms of a 20-year agreement and will also provide process steam to a nearby industrial concern under a 15-year contract.

Calpine also acquired a 50 percent interest in and assumed operations of the 50-megawatt Whitby Cogeneration plant, which provides power to Ontario Energy Financial Corporation, formerly Ontario Hydro, under the terms of a 20-year agreement. Located in Whitby, Ontario, the plant entered commercial operations in September 1998 and provides steam to a packaging firm.

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