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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AEP Buys Two Edison International UK Power Plants

LCG, Oct. 8, 2001--American Electric Power Co. Inc. said this morning it had agreed to buy 4,000 megawatts of coal-fired generation in the UK from U.S. company Edison Mission Energy in a deal valued at $960 million.

AEP said the purchase prices for the 2,000 megawatt Fiddler's Ferry plant and the 2,000 Ferrybridge station worked out to an attractive $240 per kilowatt.

Edison Mission Energy, a subsidiary of Edison International Inc. and sister company to beleaguered utility Southern California Edison Co., found no joy in the numbers and said it will take an after-tax write-off of about $1.18 billion on the deal.

Edison paid PowerGen Plc about $2 billion for the power plants just over two years ago.

"This investment has been a major disappointment for (us)," said Al Fohrer, Edison Mission Energy's president and chief executive. "While the plants have run well, given the market conditions, the operating losses and cash requirements likely to result in the foreseeable future from the existing debt structure were too large to maintain our ownership position. It is time to sell the plants, reduce our debt and eliminate the drag on our financial performance."

AEP, on the other hand, believes owning the two power plants will increase its earnings by about 6 cents per share next year.

"The acquisition is consistent with the strategic objectives of our European business, which is to build a trading, marketing and optimization business across key aspects of the wholesale fuel and power generation value chain in Europe," said E. Linn Draper, AEP's chairman, president and chief executive.

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