Federal Government uses UPLAN model to examine price volatility in ERCOT

LCG, October 11, 2022--The U.S. Energy Information Administration, or EIA, released its latest supplement to the Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) in the Texas market, assessing various possible scenarios using LCG’s UPLAN NPM model, with a special focus on the effects on wholesale power prices and market conditions.

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Michigan Governor Supports Reopening Palisades Nuclear Facility

LCG, September 16, 2022--The Governor of Michigan last week sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in support of Holtec International’s application for a federal grant under the Civil Nuclear Credit (CNC) program to save the Palisades Nuclear Facility in Southwest Michigan. The federal grant could result in restarting the baseload, carbon-free, nuclear power plant.

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Industry News

FPL, Entergy Can't Iron Out Differences, Merger Dead

LCG, April 2, 2001Entergy Corp. and FPL Group Inc. said this morning that they are giving up on their planned $6.3 billion merger after failing to resolve differences that had arisen during transition talks between the two companies.

Both sides agreed not to seek termination fees unless either enters into a similar deal with another company in the next nine months.

Though characterized as a "merger of equals" when it was announced, that it was a takeover of Entergy by FPL was apparent from the way the new management would be structures. Entergy said its financial advisors concluded that there was insufficient premium for Entergy shareholders for that kind of deal.

Entergy also said FPL balked at creation of the decentralized corporate structure proposed in the merger agreement.

"FPL's approach is focused on owning and managing assets to create value through operations andefficiency improvement," Entergy said in a news release. "Entergy's approach emphasizes developingskills, relationships, and proprietary systems to create value around assets through superior marketknowledge and effective risk management."

FPL complained in its own statement that "a principal reason for FPL Group's decision centered on discrepancies in Entergy's financial forecasts." Entergy Chairman Robert Luft noted that Entergy has exceeded Wall Street profit estimates for 11 straight quarters.

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