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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Legislation Proposed to Remove California ISO as Grid Manager

LCG, January 22, 2003--In the midst of a legal dispute between the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the California Independent System Operator (ISO) over the ISO board's makeup, a California senator who has led an investigation into market manipulation has introduced a bill that would return management of the state transmission grid to the major utilities.

Senator Joe Dunn, D-Santa Ana, said during a hearing of his special investigative committee that he believes the ISO should no longer exist. The ISO has been under attack since last summer, when the board refused to respond to an order from the FERC to replace its board members, which the FERC felt were not sufficiently independent. Gov. Gray Davis advocated that the board not respond to the order, having appointed the members at the beginning of 2001. FERC sued the state on Aug. 16, and the matter is currently before the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia.

Sen. Dunn said his bill is "there as a vehicle depending on the outcome of that dispute." He is also planning to introduce a bill that would move the state towards "some sort of quasi-regulated electricity system," he told Dow Jones. Dunn has resisted confirming Michael Kahn, chairman of the ISO, and hopes to have Kahn make management changes Dunn feels are necessary before moving on the confirmation.
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