New York Poised to Close Last Coal-fire Power Plant

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Construction Commences on Enel’s Aurora Wind Farm in North Dakota

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Forth Energy Plans to Develop Biomass Plants in Scotland

LCG, August 31, 2009--Forth Energy announced on August 27 plans to develop power plants at four sites in Scotland that will use biomass as fuel. The combined electric generating capacity of the plants is 400 MW. The primary fuel would be softwoods from managed forests located both in the United Kingdom and overseas.

Forth Energy is a joint venture between Scottish and Southern Energy (a utility) and Edinburgh-based Forth Ports, which operates a ports in Scotland. Forth Energy invests in renewable energy that can be generated at its sites. Forth Energy stated it will request consent to construct the facilities in 2010.

The sites owned by Forth Ports that are targeted for the biomass projects are: Dundee, Leith, Rosyth and Grangemouth. The proposed plants may also provide heat to serve other energy needs.

The power generated by the biomass projects is expected to receive 1.5 renewables obligation certificates (ROC) per megawatt hour.
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