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AEP Will Proceed with North Central Wind Projects Despite Texas Commission Denying Approval

LCG, July 8, 2020--American Electric Power (AEP) announced last Thursday that, following the PUC of Texas not approving AEP subsidiary Southwestern Electric Power Co.'s (SWEPCO) plan to add 309 MW of wind energy to serve Texas customers, AEP will proceed to acquire the entire planned 1,485 MW of North Central wind projects.

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JEA Board Approves Transaction with FPL to Close 848-MW Coal Unit in Georgia

LCG, June 30, 2020--The JEA Board of Directors in a special meeting last Friday unanimously approved a transaction that will result in closing an 848-MW unit at Plant Scherer and entering into a 20-year purchase power agreement (PPA) with Florida Power & Light Company (FPL).

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Takeover Panel Ruling Favors U.S. Bidder for Hyder

LCG, Aug. 16, 2000--The British governments takeover panel yesterday threw out a petition by Nomura International that would have excluded an American-owned firm, Western Power Distribution Ltd., from bidding for the Welsh utility Hyder Plc.

Nomura sought to exclude Western Power on the basis that its bid had been received too late for consideration. The Japanese firm could raise the issue again if it challenges the takeover panels ruling in court.

Western Power, a joint venture between The Southern Co. and PPL Inc., had submitted a final offer of 3.65 ($5.48 U.S.) per share for Hyder in what had become a bidding war between it and Nomura.

In April, Hyder began looking around for a buyer and Nomura stepped forward with an offer of 2.60 ($3.90), which Hyders board recommended to shareholders. Western Power then came into the picture with an offer of 3.00 ($4.50), which Nomura quickly bumped to 3.20 ($4.80). Well see your raise and sweeten it to 3.40 ($5.10) said Western Power, and the Hyder board switched allegiances.

At that point, Nomura raised the stakes to 3.60 ($5.40) and people started asking where it would all end. Among them was the takeover panel and with government involvement the situation became less clear.

Elizabeth Warwick, a spokeswoman for Hyder, told the Associated Press "It all seemed to have descended into chaos from there on in."

It is no clearer today, except there are still two bidders instead of one as Nomura wanted.

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