South Field Energy Breaks Ground for 1,182-MW Power Plant

LCG, May 16, 2019--South Field Energy LLC announced yesterday its groundbreaking for an 1,182-MW, combined-cycle electric generating facility in Columbiana County, Ohio. The natural gas-fired facility is scheduled to commence operations in mid-2021 and represents a $1.3 billion investment.

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Exelon to Shut Down Three Mile Island by September 30, 2019

LCG, May 10, 2019--Exelon Generation announced Wednesday that Three Mile Island Generating Station Unit 1 (TMI) will shut down by September 30, 2019. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) had approved back in 2009 a 20-year extension for the nuclear energy facility through 2034.

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Allegheny Stock Plummets after Company Defaults

LCG, October 8, 2002-Energy company Allegheny saw its stock price drop by over fifty percent after it neglected to give an additional $60 million in collateral.

When Moody's Investors Service withdrew the company's investment-grade credit rating, banks demanded that Allegheny post supplementary collateral to trading counterparties. Allegheny may possibly offer up assets as collateral, although this practice may be legally questionable because of state regulatory agencies' policies, and banks may find energy assets unworthy because of the current state of the electricity market.

The company has not referred to specific figures but maintains that it has sufficient funds to operate. Allegheny is currently discussing the possibility of waivers and additional funding with its creditors in order to avoid seeking bankruptcy protection.

Some energy traders have bought back electricity that was sold to Allegheny in order to resell it to more credit-worthy buyers.

Shares hit a 52-week low of $3.25 and are trading at $4.15 on volume of 10.9 million shares, as compared with a daily average volume of 2.4 million and a 200-day stock price average of $30.19.

Meanwhile, the company has been pursued by those interested in a takeover; Virginia-based Dominion Resources presented two takeover offers this year, the latest being $22 to $24 per share in an all-stock agreement, but Allegheny refused. Constellation Energy Group has also expressed interest in a takeover.

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