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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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Alliant, Panda Plan 1,100 Michigan Megawatts

LCG, Oct. 4, 2001--Alliant Energy Corp. today announced an agreement with Panda Energy International to develop and operate a 1,100-megawatt natural gas combined-cycle power plant in western Michigan. The facility is expected to become operational in 2004, the announcement said.

Alliant and Panda said a "significant portion" of the output from the $600 million, natural gas fueled, combined-cycle plant would be sold under long-term contracts, while Alliant will manage sale of the power not contracted for.

Construction of the facility could begin in the first quarter of next year, if the customary permits and approvals are forthcoming, the companies said.

William D. Harvey, Alliant's executive vice president in charge of generation, said "Through the construction of this project, Alliant Energy affirms its core commitment to reliability and the environment. This plant will help provide additional fuel diversity and a cleaner environmental profile to the heavily coal dependent (East Central Area Reliability Council) region of the country."

Alliant said the project is a first for the company, representing its entry into domestic non-regulated generation. It is also Alliant's first venture in the state of Michigan.

Panda will provide development services for the new project, while an Alliant subsidiary will maintain and operate the plant.

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