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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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'Credible' Threat Puts Three Mile Island on High Alert

LCG, Oct. 18, 2001--A "credible" threat against the Three Mile Island nuclear power facility yesterday prompted federal officials to place the plant on an extra-high state of alert last night. The alert included shutting down the airspace in the area.

The airports at Harrisburg and Lancaster, Pa., were both closed for four hours from about 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. this morning while military aircraft reportedly patrolled area skies and FBI and state police guarded the plant.

Harrisburg International Airport and Lancaster Airport were both reopened this morning.

Three Mile Island, along with all other U.S. nuclear power plants, had been in a "heightened" state of security since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington.

Last night's alert tightened security further at Three Mile Island, according to officials who said they had no way of knowing when the extra measures would be lifted.

Ralph DeSantis, a spokesman for Three Mile Island, declined to discuss the type of threat received or the additional security measures that were taken, but said "It was deemed to be a credible threat." He added that Three Mile Island was the only nuclear power plant threatened.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokeswoman Diane Screnci said this morning that the agency had warned Three Mile Island at around 7:00 p.m.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown said that the airport shutdown had been part of a "temporary flight restriction" that grounded aircraft within a 20-mile radius of the plant.

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