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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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Spanish Endesa Won't Bid for Brazil's Copel

LCG, Oct. 9, 2001--Spanish global energy company Endesa said yesterday it would not bid in the privatization sale of integrated utility Companhia Paranaense de Energia, commonly called Copel, by the southern state of Parana.

Endesa joins Electricit de France in withdrawing from the auction, placing the sale in doubt. "The market is full of uncertainty about whether Copel's auction would happen at all after Endesa's pullout," said an official of a Brazilian bank.

Between 76.5 percent and 90 percent of the voting stock in Copel will be sold in an auction on October 31, depending on how many of the company's minority shareholders participate in a government offer to buy their shares for inclusion in the auction.

But yesterday's announcement by Endesa knocked almost 10 percent off Copel's market capitalization on the Brazilian stock market.

The government of Parana, which will sell 76.5 percent of Copel's voting stock, has placed a minimum price of 4.32 billion rials ($1.6 billion U.S.) on the stake.

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