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TVA Board Votes to Retire Over 2,000 MW of Coal-fired Generation

LCG, February 14, 2019--The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board voted today to retire both the Paradise Unit 3 and Bull Run coal-fired power plants within the next few years. The closures will reduce the TVA fleet electric generating capacity by 2,031 MW.

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MHPS to Supply Three J Class Turbines for Power Project in Virginia

LCG, February 8, 2019--Balico, LLC and Gemma Power Systems selected Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas (MHPS) and its J Class turbines for the 1,600-MW Chickahominy Power Station project in Virginia. The combined cycle power plant will deliver power into the PJM regional transmission grid and is scheduled for completion in 2022.

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Xcel Energy Reacquires NRG Spin-Off

LCG, Feb. 19, 2002--Xcel Energy has announced it wants to buy all outstanding shares of NRG Energy, which owns unregulated generating assets in the U.S. and other assets abroad.

NRG separated from Xcel in 2000, but has become highly leveraged and experienced significant risk of having its debt downgraded. Shares would be bought back at $11.50, 35 percent below their original pricing at issuance.

According to NRG, Xcel's announcement did not follow any negotiations between the two companies. Although Xcel has sought to strengthen NRG's position with transfers of capital and forced it to sell off overseas investments, NRG's stock price has fallen 50 percent in the past six months.

In communications with analysts, Xcel, which now owns 26 percent of NRG, asserted that its sudden announcement of a buyback at a discount was necessary to prevent a debt downgrade for the struggling unit. NRG's debt is currently investment grade. Credit Lyonnais Securities analyst Gordon Howald commented, "NRG's highly leveraged balance sheet proved unfixable in the near term."
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