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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Industry News

Cape Wind Project Clears Regulatory Hurdle

LCG, January 17, 2008--The Federal Minerals Management Service (MMS) Monday released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Cape Wind Energy Project, with a finding that there are no major environmental impacts associated with the project. The project developer, Cape Wind, has pursued government approval since 2001.

The Cape Wind Energy Project has a design generating capacity of 468 MW and is located in Nantucket Sound, about five miles off the shore of Massachusetts. The project includes 120 wind turbines that would - at the highest blade tip - extend 440 feet above the surface of the water. Concerns of opponents to the project include the visibility of the wind farm and related impacts on tourism.

The MMS is the lead Federal permitting agency and filed the DEIS with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The MMS will receive comments on the DEIS through March 20, 2008, and public hearings regarding the DEIS are planned for March as well. The MMS expects to issue a Final Environmental Impact Statement and a Record of Decision by the end of the year, according to an earlier statement.

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