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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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FERC Issues Ruling on Midwest ISO Transmission Request Processing

LCG, Jan. 31, 2003--A complaint by Tenaska Inc. over a rejected offer to purchase long-term transmission rights from the Midwest Independent System Operator should be considered again under a revised framework, the Federal Energy Regultory Commission (FERC) ruled yesterday.

The Midwest ISO, which said that opting to allow a purchase of short-term transmission rights by other buyers instead was done on a first-come, first-served basis, controls grid access over an area that includes 15 states, and part of Canada. The position of Tenaska was backed by Dynegy Inc., Reliant Resources and Public Service Enterprise Group Inc.

The transmission access in question is around the Michigan-Ontario border. The FERC ruling stated, "This order benefits customers by providing certainty to Midwest ISO's customers concerning the processing of long-term firm transmission service requests." The ISO was directed to change its tariff within 30 days, and adopt a new method of responding to requests.
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