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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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Bills Suggest UK Aid to British Energy

LCG, Jan. 15, 2002--The U.K. government has prepared legislation which would eliminate limits on the amount of government assistance allowed for nuclear operations, and give permission for units or assets of the privatized British Energy to be acquired with public funds.

The opposition Liberal Democrats said that they would not vote for the bills introduced, because the public would end up funding nuclear waste management, at a cost of £3 billion ($4.82 billion). Financial assistance already being provided to the company, which was privatized in 1976, will end on March 9, based on the policy of the European Commission concerning competition.

"The bill introduced today allows us to deal with any eventuality faced by British Energy," the energy minister, Brian Wilson, said. "These are sensible provisions which will continue to protect our priorities of nuclear safety and the security of electricity supplies." The costs and operational problems facing British Energy became much worse when wholesale power prices fell by about 40% last year.

An environmental group, Friends of the Earth, said the government should not bail out the company. Roger Higman said, "It shows yet again that nuclear power is a financial as well as an environmental disaster."

British Energy is now focused on selling Bruce Power, a profitable subsidiary owning nuclear plants in Canada. The sale would provide £300 million ($482 million). £337 million was lost by the entire company in the latter half of the year, it disclosed in December.
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