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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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Energy Company Executive Backs Derivatives Bill

LCG, July 10, 2002--The chairman of Aquila, Inc., Richard C. Green, Jr., testified today at a Congressional committee hearing that he sees energy derivatives as "no less important to the energy industry" than they are to the agricultural industry.

Green told the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee today that derivatives allow risk to be distributed to those who are willing to accept it, and minimized for others who want to manage it. Speaking on legislation proposed by Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., that would regulate trading of derivatives and make the energy derivatives market subject to greater disclosure, Green said, "It is critical for bodies, such as this Committee, to work quickly to remove uncertainty from the markets, to make corrective remedies where warranted, and to allow the energy industry to get back to the business of building critically needed infrastructure."

The Aquila chairman stated that he supports the most recent form of the Feinstein bill, "as it provides the necessary safety nets to restore public trust while not impeding the dynamics of this marketplace." Green said that futures, options and swaps, "have been shown to be a critical factor in investment and growth of the economy." Aquila, which last year expanded its trading operations, has undertaken a significant corporate restructuring in order to maintain its credit rating, shedding most of its energy trading activity and personnel.
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