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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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Cal ISO Warns of Possible Power Shortages

LCG, Oct. 3, 2001--The California Independent System Operator warned yesterday of possible electricity shortages as 9,300 megawatts of generation could be off-line toward the end of October due to plant maintenance, emission reduction projects, "forced" or unplanned outages, and low water conditions.

If the repair work were to coincide with a high-demand day, operating reserves could fall below critical levels, Cal ISO said. The state has not seen rolling blackouts since May 8 and the ISO doesn't want to declare a Stage 3 emergency which would bring them on.

Cal ISO said it expects to have enough power available today and through the month of October to meet the forecast demand, as long as conservation continues, but stresses the importance of conservation as an important tool to help the it balance the grid and lower consumers bills.

The agency is urging Californians to continue using less power, and specifically to use less power during the peak hours between 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.

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