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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 Begins Building South Carolina Cogenerator

LCG, Sept. 26, 2001--Calpine Corp. announced yesterday that construction is under way for its new 550-megawatt Columbia Energy Center, a natural gas-fired cogeneration facility located on property leased from Eastman Chemical Company near Columbia, S.C.

"This project represents another strong step forward in strengthening our solid base of energy resources in the Southeast power market," said Bob Alff, senior vice president and head of Calpine's eastern region operations. "We are well on our way toward developing the newest, cleanest and most energy efficient system of electric power resources in South Carolina and the southeast region."

The $260 million plant is expected to begin commercial operation by the fall of 2003, when it will sell power into the regional wholesale electricity market and provide process steam for the Eastman plant. During construction, about 200 workers will be on the job, and about 25 permanent, full-time jobs will be created by the plant, Calpine said.

The facility will be a combine-cycle plant employing two combustion turbines, two heat recovery steam generators and a single steam turbine. Calpine said it will manage all aspects of the project, including engineering and design, construction, fuel supply, operations and power marketing.

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