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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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Mirant Buys Half of Avista Oregon Power Project

LCG, Oct. 24, 2001--Mirant Corp. and Avista Corp. announced separately this morning that they had signed a letter of intent for Mirant to acquire a 50 percent interest in a 280 megawatt power project being developed by Avista near Boardman, Ore.

The Coyote Springs 2 power project is currently under construction and is expected to begin commercial operation next summer. The natural gas-fueled, combined-cycle will be connected to the Bonneville Power Administration's transmission system.

Mirant said the reason for its investment was to expand its generation capacity in the pacific northwest, while Avista said the sale was to save money, though precise financial details were not disclosed.

The two companies will share equally in the costs of construction and operation of the plant and will jointly own the project. They also will share equally in the marketing of the plant's output.

Avista said it has already spent about $140 million on the facility, which has an estimated total cost of between $180 million and $190 million. The company is making an effort to reduce capital expenditures by more than $50 million by the end of next year.

The companies said the deal is expected to close by the end of this year.

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