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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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Cinergy in 570 Megawatt Power Plant for Texas Refinery

LCG, Sept. 28, 2001--Subsidiaries of U.S. utility holding company Cinergy Corp. and British oil giant BP Plc said yesterday they will build a new 570 megawatt cogeneration facility at a Texas City, Texas, refinery and chemical complex belonging to BP.

The new plant will allow BP to shut down older units, cutting nitrogen oxides emissions by 53 percent, the announcement said. The two subsidiaries, Cinergy Solutions and BP Global Power have formed a jointly-owned company, South Houston Green Power, to own and operate the plant.

"This project demonstrates you can have both -- more energy and a cleaner environment. The new facility will provide efficient, economical and environmentally beneficial energy to BP," said Steve Harkness, Cinergy Solutions' president and chief operating officer. "We're very pleased that BP selected us to partner with them on this project where we can demonstrate our ability to balance environmentalism with economics and reliability."

Cinergy Solutions operates the existing 250 megawatt plant at the site, which consists of six cogeneration trains and four boilers. Construction of the new plant is expected to take a little more than two years.

The facility will be fueled by natural gas and by-product gas from BP's refinery operations.

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