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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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Rule Changes Made in Florida Plant Bidding

LCG, Jan. 6, 2003--Florida Power & Light, the regulated utility unit of FPL Group Inc., reacted negatively last Friday to modest changes to the bidding rules that govern how builders of new base-loaded power plants are selected in Florida.

A group of independent power producers which has complained that the winning bids have always been one of the state's major utilities was pleased with the moves by the Florida Public Service Commission. The requirement that bidding take place was instated in 1994.

Members of the Partnership for Affordable Competitive Energy (PACE) had been aiming at having an "independent evaluator" monitor bidding, to ensure fairness. Instead, the Commission allowed that the utilities (the other utility, Florida Power, was just re-branded under parent Progress Energy) would have to reconsider others' bids any time their own bid's cost structure was changed. PACE members, among which are Calpine, Mirant, and PG&E Corp., felt that this would make the process more open.

FPL spokesman Mike Swank contended that "The changes have the potential for substantially lengthening the bid rule process." Swank said that the utility would attempt to have the new rules undone.
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