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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UTC Receives Innovation Award for Geothermal Power Technology

LCG, June 20, 2008--UTC Power, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation, received the National Energy Resources Organization's (NERO) annual Innovation Award for its PureCycle geothermal system, which uses low-temperature geothermal energy from hot water to generate electricity.

The PureCycle system is designed for relatively small temperature differentials and uses an organic Rankine cycle-based power system with refrigerant rather than steam to generate power in a closed system that has essentially no emissions.

Since 2006, the PureCycle geothermal system has operated using a 165 degree F geothermal source at Chena Hot Springs Resort in Alaska as a U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies demonstration project. The ability to utilize low temperature differentials expands the potential locations where geothermal energy may be exploited.

NERO is a non-partisan organization whose mission is to engage in dialogue on energy issues, recognize outstanding achievements, and promote public awareness.
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