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

CEC Approves 250 MW Solar Project in Southern California

LCG, September 14, 2010--The California Energy Commission (CEC) last week approved the construction of the 250-MW, Abengoa Mojave Solar Project. Abengoa Solar announced the execution of the related power purchase agreement (PPA) with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) in October 2009.

The Abengoa Mojave Solar Project is a concentrating solar power (CSP) project that will use trough collectors to focus solar energy on a tube circulating a synthetic heat transfer oil that will be heated to over 700 degrees F. The heated oil is used to generate superheated, high pressure steam that is delivered to a steam turbine, which powers an electrical generator, creating electricity.

The project will be constructed on a 1,765 acre site in an unincorporated area of San Bernardino County, between Barstow and Kramer Junction, approximately 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles. Construction is expected to commence by year end, with commercial operations scheduled to begin in early 2013.

The project is one of nine large solar plants - with a combined capacity of over 4,000 MW - that the CEC is scheduled issue a decision by the end of the year.

California passed a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Program that requires utilities like PG&E to increase their electric supply procurement of eligible renewable generating resources by one percent of load per year, with the current requirement being 33 percent by 2020.

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