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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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NextEra Commissions Largest Concentrated Solar PV Project in North America

LCG, October 26, 2011--NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc., recently commissioned the Hatch Solar Center, located in Hatch, New Mexico. The 5-MW facility is now the largest concentrated photovoltaic solar facility operating in North America. The facility initially began operating in June, and the power generated is purchased by El Paso Electric under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA).

The Hatch Solar Center employs 84 Amonix 60-kW units and include dual-axis tracking systems to maximize energy production throughout the day. Amonix CEO stated, "The Hatch Solar Energy Center is in a prime sunny and dry location, perfect for Amonix technology, which generates more energy per acre than any other solar technology."

According to a recent presentation, NextEra Energy Resources has substantial wind and solar investments planned for 2011 through 2014 for which it has already secured long-term power purchase agreements, and its capital expenditures in 2011-2012 are estimated to be slightly higher for solar ($1.675 - $1.875 billion) than wind ($1.450 - $1.650 billion) projects.
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