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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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CPV Valley Energy Center Commences Commercial Operation in New York

LCG, October 3, 2018--Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) Monday announced that the 680-MW CPV Valley Energy Center in Wawayanda, New York has achieved commercial operation. The new, gas-fired electric generating facility uses the Siemens F-class gas turbine technology. The project was managed by Competitive Power Ventures, Inc., and it was constructed by a joint venture consisting of Skanska USA Civil Northeast, Inc., Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. and ECCO III Enterprises, Inc.

CPV's CEO stated, "I'm proud to announce the commercial operation on natural gas of the CPV Valley Energy Center. After nearly 10 years of development and construction, we are providing significant value to the area and New York. This facility will enhance the reliability of the Lower Hudson Valley electric system, reduce annual electricity costs to New York consumers by a forecasted $700 million while reducing carbon emissions by an estimated 500,000 tons a year. We look forward to being an integral part of the community for decades to come."

CPV's Valley Energy Center is a combined cycle power plant that includes two Siemens SGT6-5000F gas turbines, one SST-5000 steam turbine, and three SGen-1000A generators. The gas turbines and generators were manufactured at Siemens' Charlotte Energy Hub, the global base for the company's 60 Hz power generating equipment.

Siemens will service the plant's major components and parts through a long-term contract, and handle outage services, program management, engineering support, and remote diagnostics and monitoring. As part of its long tradition of working with CPV, Siemens' Financial Services division supported this project, providing $80 million of the total $540 million construction / term loan.
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