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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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Southern Cancels IGCC Coal Plant in Florida

LCG, November 15, 2007--Southern Company announced yesterday that construction of an advanced, coal-fired power plant employing integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) technology was halted in Florida. With the cancelation of this plant, over 4,400 MW of planned coal-fired power generation facilities scheduled to be operational in Florida before 2014 have been terminated this year.

The decision to stop construction was made by an executive committee composed of representatives from the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) and Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company. According to Southern Company, the decision was driven by continuing uncertainty surrounding potential state regulations relating to greenhouse gas emissions.

The new unit was to be installed near Orlando, Florida at the existing Stanton Energy Center owned by OUC. The IGCC plant is co-owned by Southern Power Company (the unregulated subsidiary of Southern Company), OUC, and Kellogg, Brown and Root. The plan had been for Southern Power to operate the plant, with commercial operation to commence in June 2010.

The facility would have used an IGCC technology based on the Transport Integrated Gasification (TRIG) technology that Southern Company and others have been developing at the Power Systems Development Facility near Wilsonville, Alabama.

The installation of a gas-fired combined cycle generating facility at Stanton Energy Center will proceed as previously planned.

The IGCC project is one of three demonstration projects that had received funding through the federal Clean Coal Power Initiative (CCPI), a 10-year, $2-billion demonstration program designed to improve the environmental performance of coal-fired power plants in the United States. The Department of Energy (DOE) was to provide a $235 million federal grant for the development of the advanced coal plant.

Southern's canceled plans follow the path of other coal-fired projects in Florida. Since taking office in January 2007, Florida Governor Charlie Crist has raised concerns regarding the threat of climate change and the use of fossil fuels, specifically coal.

In June, the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) reached a decision to not approve the two, 980-MW, coal-fired plants proposed by Florida Power and Light in Glades County.

In July, a group of community-owned, power entities (Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), JEA, Reedy Creek Improvement District, and the City of Tallahassee) suspended permitting activities for the Taylor Energy Center, an 800-MW, coal-fired power plant proposed to be built in Taylor County, Florida. Tampa Electric, the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, also announced in July that it will cancel plans to construct the proposed 632-MW, coal-fired Polk Unit 6 in Florida.

In August, a 750-MW, coal-fired plant proposed by Seminole Electric Cooperative and approved by the FPSC was denied a site certification by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). In total, over 4,400 MW of planned, coal-fired power generation facilities scheduled to commence generating power in Florida before 2014 have been terminated this year.


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