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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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Draft Legislation Blocks RTO Requirement

LCG, Nov. 17, 2003--Among the many measures included in the draft energy bill released by Republican lawmakers this weekend is language that makes the formation of regional transmission organizations (RTOs) voluntary, rather than a requirement as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has intended.

The opposition to FERC's vision of energy markets would be welcomed by utilities in the Southeast, and is likely to disappoint merchant energy generators, who would not gain the degree of access to the transmission grid that would strengthen their competitive position. Some utilities in the Midwest that support RTO-based markets, such as Exelon Corp., may have to bargain more with other potential members of RTOs to implement more centralized grid management.

A spokeswoman for the Edison Electric Institute was quoted as saying the bill "could help resolve some pretty thorny issues and provide some market certainty." Besides lending no impetus to RTOs, the bill discusses "participant funding," which will limit requirements that utilities fund new transmission infrastructure for project that are not found to be in their customers' interest.
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