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How to Make the Grid Secure

LCG March 1, 2021--February’s winter weather has brought a new level of uncertainty to the Texas grid, on top of rapid renewables growth and hot summer weather. Not only did the blackouts solidify the need to plan for extreme weather in winter and summer, but they also brought Texas residents, the governor, and the legislature into a public conversation about demand-supply planning.

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Long Ridge Energy Announces Plans to Allow Transition to 100 Percent Hydrogen

LCG, March 4, 2021--Ohio's Long Ridge Energy Generation is retrofitting its 485-MW combined-cycle power plant to use a blend of natural gas and carbon-free hydrogen, making it the nation's first large gas turbine plant to transition operations to hydrogen fuel.

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Mirant Debt Exchange Said to Have Significant Backing

LCG, June 30, 2003--Mirant Corp., which has so far narrowly avoided seeking bankruptcy due to liquidity problems, has said that an offer to bondholders to exchange unsecured bonds for secured bonds has the support of two-thirds of those holding the merchant power developer's debt.

The company stated that it believes it can gain the 85 percent support needed to go ahead with the restructuring, based on the support it says was indicated by an informal committee of bondholders. The secured bonds would mature in 2008, two years later than current bonds. Mirant has told banks that they would have equal priority with bondholders as concerns as much as $1.1 billion in claims.

Mirant has $8.9 billion worth of outstanding debt, and has a payment of $1.125 due next month. In order to increase the chances that its current offer will be accepted, it has included provisions for cash payouts, higher interest rates, and warrants for stock purchases.
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