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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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Rocky Mountain Power Pursues Regulatory Approval for $3.5 Billion Wind and Transmission Investment

LCG, July 3, 2017--The Rocky Mountain Power submitted filings last week in Wyoming, Utah and Idaho requesting state regulators to approve a plan to significantly expand the amount of wind power serving customers by 2020. The plan is part of the company's Energy Vision 2020 initiative.

Rocky Mountain Power's Energy Vision 2020 initiative is designed to: (i) upgrade or "repower" the company's existing wind fleet with longer blades and newer technology, (ii) add approximately 1,100 MW of new wind capacity, and (iii) build a new 140-mile Gateway West transmission. Most of the new investments will be in Wyoming.

Rocky Mountain Power President and CEO stated, "We are very excited to begin the stakeholder review process for these projects that will significantly increase the renewable energy that serves all our customers. These investments will provide significant long-term benefits to our customers and bring substantial economic benefits to rural communities where the facilities will be located."

Rocky Mountain Power first announced the wind and transmission investments in April as part of its broader long-term energy plan. Additional filings and regulatory approvals will be necessary.

The Energy Vision 2020 projects, which comprise an investment of $3.5 billion, were chosen by the company as the most cost-effective option to meet customers' energy needs over the next 20 years. By moving to complete the projects by 2020, the company states that it will be able to use federal production tax credits to provide a net cost savings to customers over the life of the projects.
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