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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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Manipulation May Persist in Natural Gas Markets

LCG, Jan. 29, 2003--A report released today by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission indicates that although companies have acknowledged some false reporting of gas trades to publishers of price indexes has taken place, the potential for manipulation in regional natural gas markets has not gone away.

The agency found that with strong demand for natural gas, and fewer participants in the market to trade, an illiquid situation could be used to boost gas prices further. "Evidence indicates that price manipulation has occurred in certain natural gas marketplaces, and may be continuing," the report states. The author of the report, William Hederman, is director of the agency's office of market oversight.

The regional markets in which possible manipulation was found were not identified. "The ongoing reduction in numbers of wholesale market participants and reduced liquidity and transparency at pricing points may increase the potential for manipulation," the report said. Besides hard-to-detect behaviors such as withholding of supply, upward price pressure has come from the perceived credit risks of market participants. New participants, many from the investment banking community, may counteract these tendencies, the report noted.
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