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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Judge Calls for Half Year Delay on Enron Case

LCG, January 7, 2003-Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Administrative Law Judge Jeffie Massey has said an additional six months are needed to come to a decision regarding allegations that Enron Corporation manipulated the California energy market.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Justice Department, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission are investigating Enron's possible part in the Western energy crisis of 2000/2001. While the investigations will result in three separate cases, the agencies have agreed to share data and witnesses.

Judge Massey asserts that the Justice Department has withheld access to witnesses and data and is therefore impeding the investigation. She plans to ask for a six month delay in the hope that the Justice Department will allow more access to important information and people.

The Justice Department has effectively denied the other agencies access to former Enron trader Timothy Belden, who plead guilty last year to conspiracy regarding market manipultion.

Additionally, the Justice Department has a significant number of the records of depositions that were taken by the three agencies together.

If the case is delayed, a decision would most likely be issued by December.

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