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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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North Carolina Enacts Stricter Emission Limits

LCG, July 26, 2002--North Carolina has signed into law rules that will require power plants to reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, reductions that are in excess of federal limits.

According to the new rules, power plants in the state will need to cut sulfur dioxide emissions by 74 percent compared to 1998 levels, and cut nitrogen oxide by 78 percent, by 2013. Gov. Michael Easley, a Democrat, told a conference of Southern governors two months ago that the rules imposed on the federal level had been inadequate. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has experienced 20 smog alert days since May 1, compared to 18 in downtown Atlanta.

Other states that have imposed similar restrictions include Massachusetts, Illinois and Texas, where the restrictions were enacted under then-Governor George Bush. The limits were focused mainly on older coal-burning plants.

Some members of Congress and the White House, through top EPA officials, have disagreed over whether the administration is focusing on curbing or easing air pollution limits covering power generators.
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