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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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Bush Signs Yucca Mountain Bill

LCG, July 23, 2002-Today President Bush made the Yucca Mountain into a national nuclear waste dumpsite, signing the bill regardless of considerable protest from Nevadans.

Yucca Mountain has been considered a possible repository for the nation's high level radioactive waste for over twenty years.

Some Nevada residents and environmentalists contend it has been the only site seriously considered and researched in that time.

In any case and despite a visit to the nation's capital by Nevada's governor, plans are to open the site by 2010. Nevada filed a formal protest earlier this year after President Bush announced his support for it, but both the U.S. Congress and Senate voted to utilize the site.

Yucca Mountain will accept some pre-existing 77,000 tons of radioactive waste, which is currently stored in 39 states across the country.

Opponents have cited safety concerns regarding the transportation of high level radioactive waste, although Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham has insisted that strict safety measures will ensure acts of terrorism or accidents will be avoided.

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