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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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Transformer Explosion Causes Fire At Georgia Plant

LCG, July 12, 2002--Thursday night saw thousands of gallons of oil catch fire at the McDonough plant near Smyrna, Georgia.

The fire resulted in no injuries and firefighters were able to extinguish it, but some oil ended up in the Chattahoochee River and smoke could be seen for miles around the Atlanta suburb.

According to Southern Co. unit Georgia Power, which owns the plant, a transformer exploded and spilled some 5,500 gallons of mineral oil on a switchyard. The company has apparently employed a boom in the river and placed pads on drains and other parts of the plant to minimize further contamination of the river.

A Hazardous Materials crew will attempt to remove as much as 200 gallons of oil from the Chattahoochee.

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