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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LADWP Board Approves Wind Agreement with PPM

LCG, June 8, 2006--The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Water and Power Commissioners Tuesday approved a long-term agreement with PPM Energy, Inc. (PPM) to purchase 82 MW of wind power annually over the next 16 years.

The energy will be generated at the Pleasant Valley Wind Energy Center, located in Uinta County, Wyoming. LADWP has agreed to pay a fixed amount of $63/megawatt-hour for the term of the agreement, and LADWP estimates that the energy delivered will cost between $236 million and $280 million over the term of the agreement. Power deliveries are to commence July 1, pending approval by the City Council.

The City of Los Angeles has a goal of achieving 20 percent renewables by 2010, and the new agreement will increase the City's renewable energy supply portfolio to about 6.5 percent renewable energy. Two additional renewable wind energy agreements with PPM are expected to be presented for Board and City Council approval in the near future, according to LADWP. These two projects will increase the City?s renewable energy portfolio by another 1.2 percent.

Last November, the LADWP Board approved a deal to acquire the Pine Tree Wind Project located in Kern County, California. The Pine Tree Wind Project, with an electric generating capacity of 120 MW, will be the largest wind farm owned by a municipality in the country. The project will consist of 80, 1.5-MW wind turbines to be provided by GE Energy. The Pine Tree Wind Project will be located about 12 miles north of Mojave, California. The current project schedule is to commence operations in late 2007.

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