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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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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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Lenders May Vote Today on Fate of Enron India Plant

LCG, May 17, 2001Lenders to the Dabhol Power Project owned by Enron Corp. in India will decide today whether to cancel the project's contract to sell power to the Maharashtra State Electricity Board, Indian newspapers said this morning.

Discussions yesterday, involving only one Indian lender, the State Bank of India, and foreign lenders, deferred a decision until today when India's Industrial Development Bank, the Industrial Finance Corp. of India, Canara Bank and ICICI Bank Ltd. will participate.

Indian financial reporters expect the lenders to authorize Dabhol Power Co. to issue a notice to terminate the contract with the MSEB, but the Indian lenders are expected to oppose the proposal. Unlike the foreign financial institutions, they do not have their loans backed by the Indian government's sovereign guarantee.

Dabhol Power is India's single largest foreign investment. The 740 megawatt first phase of the plant went into production last year and Enron, the MSEB, the state of Maharashtra and the Indian government have been feuding ever since as Enron's Indian customers have proved to be reluctant to pay their electric bills.

Next month, with the completion of the second phase of the project, Dabhol's capacity will more than triple to 2,184 megawatts, and now the MSEB says it doesn't need the power, even though it agreed in 1995 to purchase all the output of the huge plant.

With their federal guarantees, foreign investors could walk away from Dabhol more or less whole, but Indian lenders have an exposure of about $1.4 billion.

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