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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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PG&E Executes Agreement for Solar Power from 177-MW Thermal Plant

LCG, November 6, 2007--Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) yesterday announced a power purchase agreement with Ausra, Inc. for the electric output from a 177-MW solar thermal power project proposed in central California in San Luis Obispo County. The project is planned to be operational in 2010.

The project will incorporate Ausra's Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR) solar technology designed to use the sun's energy to boil water at high temperatures to power steam turbine generators, similar to traditional fossil-fuel power plants - but without air or water emissions. According to Ausra, a CLFR collector reflects and concentrates sunlight on an elevated absorber to roughly 30 times the intensity of sunshine at the earth?s surface.

The solar collector footprint for the project will require about one square mile (640 acres) of land. Ausra filed an Application for Certification for this plant with the California Energy Commission, from which approval is required prior to construction.

California passed a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Program that requires utilities to increase their electric supply procurement of eligible renewable generating resources by one percent of load per year, with a 20 percent renewables target by the end of 2010 and a 33 percent target by the end of 2020.

Ausra is a privately held, California-based company funded by Khosla Ventures and Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers.
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