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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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Greece-Europe Power Links Established

LCG, July 10, 2002--High-voltage power lines allowed the flow of electric power between Greece and Italy for the first time yesterday, as the two countries' prime ministers, Costas Simitis and Silvio Berlusconi respectively, participated in a high-profile ceremony.

The connection between each nation's power grid takes the form of a 163-kilometer (102-mile) underwater cable, under construction beginning in 1997. Greece lacks land borders with other European Union countries, but will likely see an economic benefit from the ability to import and export power as needed. Seventy-five percent of the cable's cost was borne by Italy, while the remaining twenty-five percent was funded by Greece.

Greece now imports natural gas from Russia, and has signed an agreement to receive gas from Iran through a new pipeline through Turkey. The country's leaders are also interested in establishing a pipeline to Italy.
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