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

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Credit Problems Lead to Less Trading at Williams and Dynegy

LCG, July 25, 2002--The trading activity and existing positions of both Williams Cos Inc. and Dynegy Inc. are reportedly decreasing due to credit difficulties and less willngness on the part of other traders to engage with them, according to Reuters.

The finance director for Williams' European trading operations, Ray Poudrier, said, "We are still transacting but because of our credit status it is very limited; we are still in the spot market."

A trader in the West was quoted as saying that his own company, which was hesitant to extend credit to either of the companies, has also experienced reluctance by trading partners to extend credit. Another trader was quoted as saying, "A lot of what we're doing today is closing out a lot of deals with Dynegy and Williams. There's a lot of fear they're going the way of Enron. Not that they did anything wrong, but people are just losing faith in those companies."

Firms are reportedly trying to minimize any appearance of increased risk because of exposure to trading partners with poor credit ratings.
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