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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Ronnie Bates has been named senior vice president for marketing by Georgia Power Co., a subsidiary of the Southern Co. He replaces Bertram Sears, who resigned to lead his own business. Bates joined Southern in 1975 as a mechanic's helper and was most recently vice president for transmission with Georgia Power.

Mark W. Marano has been named president and chief executive of AEP Gas Power Systems, a recently- formed joint venture between American Electric Power Co. Inc. and G.A.S. Gas Capital Inc. He joins AEP Gas Power Systems from AEP subsidiary Numanco Group in Tulsa, Okla., a provider of specialized technical support services to the U.S. commercial nuclear industry, wherehe served as president and chief executive officer.

Richard N. Marshall has been named treasurer and director of investor relations by natural gas firm Southern Union Co. A 15-year veteran of the company, he most recently was vice president for rates and regulatory affairs.

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