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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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Southern Completes Mirant Spin-off Yesterday

LCG, April 3,2001The Southern Company announced this morning it has completed the spin-off of Mirant Corp. through the distribution of all of its 272 million shares of Mirant common stock. Southern owned about 80 percent of Mirant, which was formerly known as Southern Energy.

After the close of the market yesterday, Southern Co. stockholders were issued not quite four shares of Mirant common stock for each share of Southern Co. owned on the March 21 record date. Cash will be issued in lieu of fractional shares, the company said.

The Southern Co. seemed concerned that many of its shareholders were novice investors, and would have a hard time understanding that their Southern Co. shares were now worth less that they were yesterday, the difference being the equivalent of the distribution they received of Mirant stock and cash.

Because the value of Mirant previously embedded in Southern Co.'s share price has been distributed directly to Southern Co. shareholders, one would expect the share price of Southern Co. to be lower following the spin-off, said Gale Klappa, chief financial officer.

"After the distribution, shareholders should combine the dollar value of their Southern Co. holdings with the value of their Mirant holdings to determine the total value of their investment," Klappa said.

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