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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Progress Energy Cancels Scrubber Plans and Opts for Natural Gas Plant

LCG, August 20, 2009--Progress Energy Carolinas announced that it has terminated plans to install scrubbers to control sulfur emissions on the Sutton Plant, a coal-fired power plant located in North Carolina, in order to meet state air quality regulations.

The new plan is to retire three coal-fired units, with a combined electric generating capacity of 397 MW, that are located at the H.F. Lee Plant and to construct a new, 950-MW facility fueled by natural gas at the adjacent Wayne County Energy Complex.

The switch from old, coal-fired units to a new, combined-cyle facility burning natural gas will enable the utility to reduce overall emissions, including carbon, sulfur and mercury, in order to achieve compliance with state emission reduction limits.

On Tuesday, the company filed for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) from the North Carolina Utilities Commission, under new laws approved last month. The project cost is estimated to be approximately $900 million, and the new facility is scheduled to commence operations in early 2013.

Related new infrastructure includes upgrades to the electric transmission system and a natural gas pipeline.
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