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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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Palo Verde Unit 2 Down for Control Repairs

LCG, Oct. 11, 2001--Arizona Public Service Co. yesterday shut down its 1,270 megawatt Palo Verde Unit 2 nuclear power plant for repairs to its control system, characterizing the shutdown as "unscheduled maintenance."

During a scheduled 35-day refueling shutdown of Unit 3 beginning September 29, operators identified degradation of the control systems. Because Unit 3 is an identical twin of Unit 2, the latter unit was shut down as a preventive measure yesterday.

APS said the work could take up to a month to complete.

"Replacement activities in Units 2 and 3 will not impact the schedule for Unit 3's refueling, which is expected to be complete in early November," APS said.

The control assemblies of 1,270 megawatt Unit 1 at Palo Verde were changed during a refueling outage earlier this year, the company said.

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