Federal Government uses UPLAN model to examine price volatility in ERCOT

LCG, October 11, 2022--The U.S. Energy Information Administration, or EIA, released its latest supplement to the Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) in the Texas market, assessing various possible scenarios using LCG’s UPLAN NPM model, with a special focus on the effects on wholesale power prices and market conditions.

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Michigan Governor Supports Reopening Palisades Nuclear Facility

LCG, September 16, 2022--The Governor of Michigan last week sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in support of Holtec International’s application for a federal grant under the Civil Nuclear Credit (CNC) program to save the Palisades Nuclear Facility in Southwest Michigan. The federal grant could result in restarting the baseload, carbon-free, nuclear power plant.

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Enron's Former CFO Andrew Fastow in Plea Deal

Jan. 14, 2004--Federal prosecutors, Andrew Fastow, former chief financial officer of Enron Corp., and his wife, Lea Fastow, have reached agreements on guilty pleas and prison terms to be served by the Fastows that bypass the need for full-blown trials.

Fastow gave a statement in which he said of partnerships that he organized, that he "and other members of Enron's senior management fraudulently manipulated Enron's publicly reported financial results. Our purpose was to mislead investors and others about the true financial position and Enron and, consequently, to inflate artificially the price of Enron stock and maintain fraudulently Enron's credit rating."

While the 42-year-old could have served as much as 25 years based on a 98-count indictment, the deal with the Justice Department means that he will serve a sentence of 10 years based on two criminal charges, and hand over $29 million in penalties. Lea Fastow will serve a minimum of five months, up to sixteen months, for a criminal tax charge.

Mr. Fastow is said to have already provided officials with evidence that implicates Jeffrey K. Skilling in having participated in certain accounting decisions, although the nature of the behavior is not yet clearly grounds for prosecution.

It is possible that Skilling, the former chief executive, could be charged in a few weeks, given that the development of the government's investigation has been built on other plea deals, involving less senior executives such as Michael J. Kopper, who supported a case against Fastow.

The top Justice Department official within the Enron Task Force, Leslie Caldwell, said of Fastow, "Whatever knowledge that he has of who did what and who knew what at Enron will now be our knowledge."
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