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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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NRC Renews Operating Licenses for Progress Energy's Brunswick Nuclear Units

LCG, June 28, 2006--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced on June 26, 2006 that it has renewed the operating licenses for Progress Energy's Units 1 and 2 at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant, located south of Wilmington, North Carolina, at the mouth of the Cape Fear River. The renewal adds 20 years to the operating licenses, and the operating lives of Units 1 and 2 will now extend to September 8, 2036, and December 27, 2034, respectively. With the license renewals for Units 1 and 2, the NRC has now renewed a total of 44 nuclear reactor units.

The license renewal application was submitted on October 18, 2004. The NRC concluded that were no environmental impacts that would preclude renewal of the licenses for environmental reasons. The staff's review of the plant safety systems determined that there were no safety concerns that would preclude license renewal, as the licensee had demonstrated effectively the capability to manage the effects of plant aging. In addition, the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards, which is an independent body of technical experts which advises the NRC, issued its recommendation that the operating licenses for Brunswick be renewed.

The two nuclear units at Brunswick Nuclear Plant have a combined electric generating capacity of 1,875 MW. An additional 244 MW of capacity was added to the plant's output from 2002 to 2005 as part of an extended power uprate program that upgraded much of the plant's equipment. The plant is owned jointly by Progress Energy (81.67 percent) and the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (18.33 percent).

The operating license extension provides a significant block of future, emission-free power to meet the growing electric load in the Southeast.
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