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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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550 Megawatt Power Plant Planned for Oklahoma

LCG, Nov. 16, 2001--Dallas-based Genova Power Co. said yesterday it is considering a 50-acre tract about two miles east of Chickasha, Okla., for a 550 megawatt power plant. Construction could begin as early next fall with commercial operations beginning in the summer of 2004.

Jeffrey W. Schroeter, Genova's general manager, said the economic impact of the facility would be felt immediately and would extend throughout its projected 30-year service life. He said building the plant will require an average of 250 workmen over a 22-month period. In addition to their salaries, the company would also spend upwards of $12 million locally on goods and services.

Once in operation, the plant would provide about 25 jobs for skilled personnel, with a payroll of around $1.6 million a year, and some $1.5 million a year in local purchases would also be made. In addition, the facility would pay some $4 million a year in sales, use and property taxes, Schroeter said.

Chickasha Mayor Jim Parker was looking beyond the direct financial contribution of the powerhouse.. "A facility like this could become the foundation of the infrastructure necessary to meet the power demands of today and tomorrow. It would certainly make Chickasha very attractive to companies looking at relocation possibilities," he said.

The baseload plant would employ two gas turbines, a heat recovery steam generator to harness their exhaust gases, and a steam generator, operating in combined-cycle. It would be connected to the regional grid through facilities owned by American Electric Power Co. Inc.

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