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

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Manipulation May Persist in Natural Gas Markets

LCG, Jan. 29, 2003--A report released today by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission indicates that although companies have acknowledged some false reporting of gas trades to publishers of price indexes has taken place, the potential for manipulation in regional natural gas markets has not gone away.

The agency found that with strong demand for natural gas, and fewer participants in the market to trade, an illiquid situation could be used to boost gas prices further. "Evidence indicates that price manipulation has occurred in certain natural gas marketplaces, and may be continuing," the report states. The author of the report, William Hederman, is director of the agency's office of market oversight.

The regional markets in which possible manipulation was found were not identified. "The ongoing reduction in numbers of wholesale market participants and reduced liquidity and transparency at pricing points may increase the potential for manipulation," the report said. Besides hard-to-detect behaviors such as withholding of supply, upward price pressure has come from the perceived credit risks of market participants. New participants, many from the investment banking community, may counteract these tendencies, the report noted.
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