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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Minnesota Utility's New Plant Operating

LCG, July 3, 2002--Rochester Public Utilities brought a set of jet turbine generators into operation last week, bringing 50 megawatts online in the Minnesota town.

The plant is located at the Cascade Creek Substation on Rochester's west side. It is expected that growth in residential and commercial demand could lead to municipal peak demand equivalent to the entire output of the new plant as well as the 216 megawatts RPU buys under contract from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, a cooperative.

The turbines, which are designed to run either on natural gas or diesel fuel, will provide Rochester up to 30 megawatts for its own use, as 20 megawatts has been sold under contract to Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency. An older, 32-megawatt turbine at the same site that has been operating for 27 years was converted to be able to run on natural gas as well as diesel fuel. RPU will sell any surplus power on the open market.
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