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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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Paper Company Sells Maine Hydropower Assets

LCG, Oct. 12, 2001--Canadian real estate, power generating, natural resource and financial firm Brascan Corp. announced this morning an agreement to purchase from Great Northern Paper Inc. a hydroelectric generating and transmission system in northern Maine for $156.5 million.

Brascan said the acquisition by its subsidiary, Great Lakes Power Inc., will increase Brascan's total power generating capacity to over 1,100 megawatts and enhance its ability to market power in the increasingly integrated North American energy markets.

Brascan said it will acquire 280 megawatts of combined generating capacity, consisting of six hydroelectric generating stations with 130 megawatts among them and Great Northern's thermal generating plant of 150 megawatts.

According to Brascan, the acquisition includes several generation and transmission assets.

  • Six hydroelectric generating stations located on the Penobscot River with a combined capacity of about 130 megawatts.

  • Eleven dams, the impoundments of which are capable of storing water sufficient to generate 300,000 megawatt-hours of electric power.

  • Opportunities through capital investment to enhance the system's output and improve the reliability and efficiency of its generating units.

  • Marketing agreements for up to 15 years with Great Northern for the supply of energy and the sale of surplus power production from the generating stations.

Brascan and Great Northern have also agreed to jointly study the development of a new transmission line connecting Quebec with the New England Power Pool, using Great Northern's rights of way in northern Maine which extend to the Quebec border.

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