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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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Cost Estimate Up for Duke's New Nuclear Power Station

LCG, November 5, 2008--Duke Energy Carolinas informed the North Carolina Utilities Commission that the estimated cost to build the proposed William States Lee, III Nuclear Station in South Carolina has risen to $11 billion, or approximately double the original estimate, excluding financing. The new power plant is scheduled to be operational in 2018 in order to meet Duke Energy Carolina's forecast growth in electric demands.

Duke proposes to install two 1,117-MW reactors and to use Westinghouse Electric's AP1000 design, which incorporates passive safety features. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved the Design Certification on December 30, 2005.

Last February Duke received notification from the NRC that the combined construction and operating license (COL) application for Lee Nuclear Station submitted December 2007 was accepted and docketed.

Duke's COL application relies upon the COL application to build two nuclear reactors at TVA's Bellefonte site in northern Alabama that was submitted October 31, 2007 to the NRC by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and NuStart Energy, a consortium of nuclear energy companies that includes Duke.

Other companies that have announced the selection of the AP1000 design as the basis for additional COL applications to construct reactors include Progress Energy, Southern Company, SCANA and Santee Cooper.

Duke's proposal is relatively unique for the United States in that Duke plans to build the reactors at a greenfield site, rather than to add capacity at an existing nuclear power station. The greenfield site is located in Cherokee County, South Carolina.
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