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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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FERC Extends New York ISO Price Cap

LCG, Oct. 25, 2001--The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission yesterday approved a request by the New York Independent System Operator for an extension of a price cap of $1,000 per megawatt hour for wholesale electricity bids handled by the ISO.

NY-ISO had asked the federal regulators to extend through April 30 of next year the prices caps which went into effect in July, 1999. If, as expected, power supplies in New York City and on Long Island appear to be marginal as next summer approaches, the ISO may ask for another extension.

Under those circumstances, it is likely that the price controls will remain in effect until the new, 11-state Northeast Regional Transmission Organization is operational.

In its order, FERC said it believed its decision "will promote price certainty and market participants' confidence in the New York ISO-administered markets, which will increase supply, improve reliability and ... lower energy prices."

The Northeast Regional Transmission Organization is one of four super-RTOs FERC wants to create to replace the smaller independent system operators and other organizations that have sprung up since electric industry restructuring took hold about five years ago.

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