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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APS Dedicates 90-MW Wind Farm Project in New Mexico

LCG, May 15, 2007--Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) and Babcock & Brown last week dedicated the Aragonne Mesa Wind Project, a 90-MW wind farm located in eastern New Mexico. The project significantly increases APS' renewable portfolio from 16 MW to 106 MW.

The Aragonne Mesa Wind Project includes 90 wind turbines, each with a generating capacity of 1 MW. To connect the wind farm to the interconnect substation, over 35 miles of transmission lines were installed. The project was constructed by Babcock & Brown, which will operate the facility. APS has contracted to buy all the power it produces. The project initially began delivering electricity to the grid in December 2006.

The purchase power agreement (PPA) between APS and Babcock & Brown was approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission.

Arizona's Renewable Energy Standard (RES) requires APS and other regulated utilities to provide fifteen percent of electric supplies from renewable resources by 2025. The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) adopted final RES rules on November 14, 2006.

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