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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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Chubu Electric Shuts Reactor after Leak

LCG, Nov. 13, 2001--Chubu Electric Power Co. said this morning it will suspend operation of a reactor at a nuclear plant in the town of Hamaoka, Japan, because of a radioactive water leak in another reactor, Kyodo News Service reported.

According to company officials, the 840 megawatt Unit 2 reactor at the nuclear complex will be shut down this evening and remain off-line for at least 24 hours. This unit uses the same materials as the 540 megawatt Unit 1, in which a radiation water leakage was discovered near a nuclear pressure vessel Friday.

After the leak was publicly announced over the weekend, Shizuoka Prefecture Gov. Yoshinobu Ishikawa requested that Chubu inspect its other nuclear reactors in addition to Unit 1. Citizens' groups also called for the company to suspend operation of the Unit 2 reactor after the accident.

Hamaoka Nuclear Power Station has four boiling water reactors with a combined capacity of about 3,617 megawatts.

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