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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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David A. Arledge, who joined the board of directors of El Paso Energy Corp. following the company's merger with The Coastal Corp. earlier this year, has announced his retirement, saying "Now is the time for me to move on." He had been chairman, president and chief executive of Coastal.

Ronald F. Green has been named president of FPL Energy, LLC, the independent power production subsidiary of FPL Group Inc.. He will assume the position in early December and will succeed Lew Hay, who is now president and chief executive of the parent company. Green joins FPL from Duke Energy Corp., where he most recently served as president and chief executive of Duke Engineering and Services Inc. and president and chief operating officer of Duke Solutions Inc.

John R. McArthur, senior adviser on policy and legal affairs to North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley, has been named vice president for public affairs by Progress Energy Inc., effective December 3.

James W. Nellen II has been named general counsel of W.E. Power, the Wisconsin Energy Corp. subsidiary created to design, permit, build and own the proposed in-state power plants the company has said it plans to build. Nellen most recently was a partner in the law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich, said to be one of the oldest and largest firms in the Midwest.

Leslie Sibert has been named vice president for transmission by Georgia Power Co., replacing Ronnie Bates, who was recently named senior vice president for marketing. Most recently, Sibert was one of four regional marketing managers.

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