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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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PG&E, SoCal Ed Fight CPUC over Rate Cases

LCG, Nov. 29, 2001--The California Public Utilities Commission will discuss at its meeting today whether there are "good reasons" that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Edison Co. should not be fined for failure to prepare general rate cases projecting electricity and natural gas prices for the year 2003.

The CPUC had directed the two utilities to file the preliminary paperwork last month. Neither company has done so and each faces penalties that could amount to as much as $20,000 per day. The utilities complained that the regulators gave them insufficient time and that the unsettled energy market makes it difficult to predict whether prices will be raised or lowered.

Gordon Smith, chief executive of PG&E said in a letter to the CPUC that it would take at least six months to prepare a general rate case and the agency has allowed it only 20 days. "It seems incongruous and an inefficient use of resources to process a full-blown general rate case without knowing how the bankruptcy will be resolved," Smith wrote.

SoCal Ed said the uncertainty of the market made preparation of a rate case difficult, but thought it could get the preliminary paperwork together by the middle of next month. John Fielder, the utility's vice president for regulatory affairs, said his company was prepared to tell the CPUC why it was "entirely appropriate to delay filing the first step in the rate case."

Commissioner Jeff Brown, a member of the CPUC, said the agency will decide today whether "there are good reasons for the non-production of the rate cases."

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