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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Governor Expands California Solar Roofs Plan

LCG, August 23, 2006--California Governor Schwarzenegger yesterday signed legislation to expand the California Solar Initiative. The plan is designed to result in one million solar roofs in California by 2018.

In January 2006, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved the California Solar Initiative (CSI), a program designed to provide approximately $2.8 billion in incentives to spur development of approximately 3,000 MW of solar electric generating capacity over the period from 2006 through 2016.

With the Governor's approval yesterday of SB 1, elements of the Million Solar Roofs plan that the CPUC does not have the authority to mandate can now be implemented. For example, the plan will no longer by limited to Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric - the utilities regulated by the CPUC - but will be expanded to include the municipal-owned utilities, including the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and the Sacramento Municipal Utilities Division (SMUD).

The new legislation will also increase the number of consumers that can sell surplus electricity back to the utilities by a factor of five (from 0.5 percent to 2.5 percent).

Another key element of SB 1 is that, commencing January 2011, it will require a developer of more than 50 new single family homes to offer a solar energy system alternative to all customers.

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