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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OTC Energy Derivatives Bill Introduced

LCG, July 12, 2002--Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate have joined forces to introduce an over-the-counter energy derivatives trading bill.

Republicans Peter Fitzgerald, IL, and Richard Lugar, IN, and Democrats Dianne Feinstein, CA, Maria Cantwell, WA, and Tom Harkin, IA, introduced the bill yesterday in an effort to bring transparency to OTC energy derivatives trading.

Under this legislation, electronic exchanges would have to submit to reporting, disclosure, registration, and capital requirements. Previously online energy trading was not subject to regulatory oversight, according to the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000.

Earlier this year Senator Feinstein had introduced a similar bill to increase transparency and provide oversight to OTC trades, but the bill was defeated. The new bill may see a better reception in the Senate, considering current federal trading investigations.

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