AEP Will Proceed with North Central Wind Projects Despite Texas Commission Denying Approval

LCG, July 8, 2020--American Electric Power (AEP) announced last Thursday that, following the PUC of Texas not approving AEP subsidiary Southwestern Electric Power Co.'s (SWEPCO) plan to add 309 MW of wind energy to serve Texas customers, AEP will proceed to acquire the entire planned 1,485 MW of North Central wind projects.

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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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GAO Study Reveals CA Market Abuse

LCG, July 17, 2002-The U.S. General Accounting Offices released a study on Tuesday which found that California's flawed market design allowed electricity suppliers to charge unreasonably high prices during the crisis of 2000/2001.

The GAO study showed that frozen retail electricity rates kept demand high, and the California Public Utilities Commission's dissuasion of long-term contracts left utilities vulnerable to spot market prices. This situation allowed those selling power to hold out on sales until utilities were frantic to buy and had to pay higher prices than would result in a proper competitive market.

The study did show that prices at that time should have been above average due to low rainfall and limited reserves, but the actual prices during the electricity crisis were higher than would have come to pass in a properly executed market.

The GAO also said that price caps did not prevent high prices because they did not apply to other Western states and that companies buying power had no ability to mitigate steep prices because of faulty market design.

Another GAO report released earlier this month concluded that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission did not have sufficient authority in controlling and policing electricity markets.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is still investigating possible Western electricity market manipulation, and the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission are also investigating specific companies' market practices.

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