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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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Alliance Transco Agrees to Management by National Grid

LCG, Nov. 5, 2001--National Grid USA said on Friday that is has signed an agreement with members of the Alliance regional transmission organization that details the terms for the American subsidiary of the operator of Great Britain's transmission system to be the managing member of the Alliance Transco.

The Alliance Transco is a proposed, profit-motivated independent transmission company whose member companies operate 51,400 miles of transmission in 11 states stretching from Missouri to Virginia. Upon approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the fulfillment of other conditions, the Alliance would operate as an RTO.

Whether that comes to pass is another matter, as FERC has recently pursued a policy that would place the U.S. transmission system under the governance of four super-regional organizations. Smaller RTOs and other independent system operators would be folded into the larger organizations.

Rick Sergel, president and chief executive of National Grid USA appears not to believe that FERC really wants four huge RTOs.

"Today brings us closer to the formation of the nation's first for-profit RTO, and the realization of the FERC's goal to reshape electricity markets to enhance reliability, encourage cost-effective service to customers, and promote a competitive marketplace," he said.

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