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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Long Island Power Authority Plans 10 Small Peakers

LCG, Oct. 16, 2001--The Long Island Power Authority said yesterday it plans to build 10 small electric "peaking" power plants in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, N.Y., that will add 408 megawatts of capacity by next summer.

The program will be similar to that of the New York Power Authority which, despite minor local opposition, built 10 small peakers in New York City and one on Long Island to get the Big Apple through this year's summer demand.

"We have just barely enough power to meet our summer forecast right now," LIPA spokesman Michael Lowndes said, adding "We've been saying for more than a year that we need more power plants on Long Island."

Lowndes said the combustion turbines -- the outgrowth of recent jet engine research -- will be in addition to other LIPA projects. Projects are underway for development of a 44 megawatt facility in Far Rockaway, a 79 megawatt plant in Glenwood Landing and another 79 megawatt plant in Shoreham, all to be on-line by next summer.

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