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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Analysis of Resource Adequacy in ERCOT - July - December 2020

LCG, June 30, 2020 - LCG Consulting just released its analysis of ERCOT for the second half of 2020, July through December.

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About Those 'Robber Barons' Stock Sales

LCG, Feb. 2, 2001 Four California utility executives sold small portions of their holdings in their companies last year, making profits of three or four dollars a share where once they had paper profits of many times that amount, and did so only after their companies had made full public disclosure of their deteriorating financial condition.

Doug Heller, consumer advocate for the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights in Santa Monica, was quick to make a statement. "The Legislature and governor should have thought twice before handing out a bailout to these robber barons," he said.

But are the robber barons really such?

Gordon Smith, chief executive of pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Richard Clarke, a former CEO and currently a director, between them sold 32,500 shares of stock, realizing a gain of only $3.63 per share on average.

It's not as though they were bailing out. Smith still holds about 400,000 shares of stock which are now worth about half of what they were worth last August.

At Edison International Inc., parent of Southern California Edison Co., controller Tom Noonan made a whopping $4.25 per share by tapping into options on 8.300 shares. Chief information officer Mavash Yazdi sold 3,000 shared of Edison at $24.25, but the price he had paid was not available.

At the time of the stock sales, both companies had already issued warnings that skyrocketing wholesale power prices were draining their available resources.

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