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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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AEP Buys Two Edison International UK Power Plants

LCG, Oct. 8, 2001--American Electric Power Co. Inc. said this morning it had agreed to buy 4,000 megawatts of coal-fired generation in the UK from U.S. company Edison Mission Energy in a deal valued at $960 million.

AEP said the purchase prices for the 2,000 megawatt Fiddler's Ferry plant and the 2,000 Ferrybridge station worked out to an attractive $240 per kilowatt.

Edison Mission Energy, a subsidiary of Edison International Inc. and sister company to beleaguered utility Southern California Edison Co., found no joy in the numbers and said it will take an after-tax write-off of about $1.18 billion on the deal.

Edison paid PowerGen Plc about $2 billion for the power plants just over two years ago.

"This investment has been a major disappointment for (us)," said Al Fohrer, Edison Mission Energy's president and chief executive. "While the plants have run well, given the market conditions, the operating losses and cash requirements likely to result in the foreseeable future from the existing debt structure were too large to maintain our ownership position. It is time to sell the plants, reduce our debt and eliminate the drag on our financial performance."

AEP, on the other hand, believes owning the two power plants will increase its earnings by about 6 cents per share next year.

"The acquisition is consistent with the strategic objectives of our European business, which is to build a trading, marketing and optimization business across key aspects of the wholesale fuel and power generation value chain in Europe," said E. Linn Draper, AEP's chairman, president and chief executive.

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