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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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Analysis of Resource Adequacy in ERCOT - July - December 2020

LCG, June 30, 2020 - LCG Consulting just released its analysis of ERCOT for the second half of 2020, July through December.

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Court Rules Out PG&E Legal Maneuvers

LCG, Nov. 20, 2003--Utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co., which reached a proposed settlement with regulators over its bankruptcy reorganization in June, was told by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday that a threatened series of corporate asset transfers to new companies would not be allowed.

The moves were part of the utility's own reorganization plan before the settlement was reached with regulators. PG&E indicated that if any changes were made to the terms of the settlement, it would act on the legally novel strategy it had developed, and which a lower court decision would have allowed. According to a statement by California's Attorney General Bill Lockyer's spokesman Tom Dresslar, "To the extent that PG&E threatened to go back to its original plan ... the 9th Circuit today took that arrow out of its quiver."

Members of the California Public Utilities Commission, who will decide next month what action to take on the draft settlement in question, indicated that the ruling would cause them to review possible changes to the settlement. Geoffrey Brown, one of the commissioners, said the ruling would allow him to consider changes that might be less favorable to PG&E. The deal allows PG&E to pay down its debts using above-cost rates, while earning a guaranteed after-tax profit of 11.2 percent over many years.

Consumer groups have said that the deal amounts to unfair subsidization, while some business groups believe that the high cost of electricity in Northern California imposes a drag on the region's economy.
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