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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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Arizona Judge Recommends Divestiture Delay

LCG, July 24, 2002-Arizona Corporation Commission Judge Lyn Farmer issued an opinion yesterday recommending delaying the transfer of Arizona utilities' assets to unregulated affiliate companies.

Judge Farmer wrote that the divestiture of assets should wait until at least July 1, 2004. The intervening time would be spent conducting electricity market studies in order to guide the Arizona Corporation Commission in setting mitigation measures preventing negative market impact from the divestiture. Farmer advised that Pinnacle West Capital Corp.'s Arizona Public Service Company and Unisource Energy Corp.'s Tucson Electric Power be required to do such studies.

Farmer's opinion made no mention of the interim divestiture planned by Pinnacle West Energy, which would involve the sale of a few, recently constructed energy assets to Arizona Public Service Company. Three commissioners support the plan, which is meant to assuage Pinnacle West's financial concerns.

Arizona is currently shifting to a competitive energy market, but in light of recent market manipulation practices, the Commission is likely to be more cautious in moving assets out of state hands.

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