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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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Connecticut AG Opposes ISO-NE's Latest Proposal

LCG, September 8, 2004--ISO New England's (ISO-NE) latest proposal to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to include two locational ICAP (Installed Capacity) markets in Connecticut is opposed by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who estimates customers in the Southwest Connecticut market could annually pay as much as $100 million more for power. "It provides a windfall to power-plant owners and higher rates charged to one area of the state without any benefit to consumers."

The locational ICAP markets are designed to attract new generation on a locational basis, i.e., where it is needed given the location of load and transmission lines, to improve electric reliability. ISO-NE's original proposal of March 1, 2004 included four ICAP Regions: Northeast Massachusetts-Boston, Maine, Connecticut, and Rest of Pool. In response to specific directives from the FERC, the latest testimony submitted by ISO-NE splits Connecticut into two locational markets (Southwest Connecticut and Rest of Connecticut), recognizing the current transmission limitations.

In the long run, if generation is attracted (consistent with the objective of the market design) and/or transmission upgrades - such as the proposed Middletown-Norwalk transmission upgrade - occur, then the locational markets would see similar prices and could even be combined. However, electric infrastructure additions in Connecticut have been slow to occur at best.

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