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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Industry News

Northwest Natural Gas Still Wants Enron's Portland General

LCG, Nov. 29, 2001--Northwest Natural Gas. Co. said this morning that it had filed an application yesterday with Oregon regulators seeking approval of its plans to acquire utility Portland General Electric Co. from disintegrating Enron Corp. for about $2.9 billion.

There were fears yesterday that the acquisition could be a victim of Enron's growing troubles, especially after Standard & Poor's slashed its credit ratings to junk status and Dynegy Inc. walked away from a deal to buy out its larger rival.

But Northwest natural Gas is staying the course. The company's general counsel, Mark Dodson, said yesterday "We remain confident the necessary approvals can be obtained in an expeditious manner."

The application to the Oregon Public Utility Commission was the first in a chain of several such filings. The deal also requires approval by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Northwest Natural Gas agreed on October 8 to acquire PGE, Oregon's largest utility, for $1.8 billion plus about $1.1 billion in assumed debt and preferred stock.

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