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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Washington Says No Rate Hike for Puget Energy

LCG, Oct. 5, 2001--The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission said yesterday it has rejected a request by Puget Sound Energy Co. for an emergency $84 million rate increase.

"Here, there is no demonstration that the failure to grant the requested relief would cause clear jeopardy to the utility or detriment to the ratepayers," the three-member commission wrote in its decision.

The company, a subsidiary of utility holding company Puget Energy Inc., had asked for the rate increase on August 21, saying it was needed because of volatile wholesale power prices and a long drought which had reduced the availability of hydroelectric power by about half.

The commission said Puget Sound Energy would file a general rate case next month, which will allow the regulators "to review more thoroughly the company's financial records, power costs and other business expenses. Today's ruling by the commission has no bearing on future rate-case decisions."

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