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

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Industry News

Reliant to Acquire Orion Power in $2.9 Deal

LCG, Sept. 27, 2001--Reliant Resources Inc. and Orion Power Holdings Inc. announced jointly this morning that they have agreed for Orion to be acquired by the Reliant Energy Inc. spinoff in a transaction valued at about $2.9 billion.

The companies said Reliant Resources will also assume around $1.8 billion of Orion Power's net debt and that they anticipate that the transaction will be completed early next year.

Houston-based Reliant said it would pay $26.80 per share in cash for Orion, a price that represents a premium of about 40 percent based on recent trading levels for Orion.

Reliant said the deal would bolster its position as a leading provider of wholesale power, gas, and energy services, combining Reliant Resources' 14,100 megawatts of domestic capacity in operation or under construction with Orion Power's 6,500 megawatts.

The acquisition is structured as a cash merger and is conditioned upon approval by Orion Power's shareholders and regulatory approvals. Shareholders owning a majority of Orion Power's outstanding stock, including Goldman, Sachs & Co. and its affiliates, Constellation Energy Group, Inc., Mitsubishi Corp. and Tokyo Electric Power Co. International, have agreed to vote their shares in favor of the transaction.

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