ISO asks FERC to apply pressure: In a series of filings with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) the California Independent System Operator (Cal ISO) is asking FERC to revoke the authority to charge market-based rates in California for four companies that own and operate generating plants in the state: Duke, Dynegy, Mirant and Reliant. Further, the ISO is asking FERC to order these companies to adjust the prices they charged in California going back to May of 2000, and to refund any payments that have been made deemed to be in excess of just and reasonable cost-based rates.
LEGAL AND REGULATORY
Duke wants nuke: Duke Energy Corp. has applied to renew operating licenses for two of its nuclear plants: McGuire and Catawba, which supply power to parts of North Carolina and South Carolina. If approved, the renewal would have a 40-year lifespan.
PSEG gets environmental greenlight: PSEG Power has received an air permit from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management for its Lawrenceburg Energy Facility, an 1150 MW combined-cycle, gas fired power plant, in Lawrenceburg Ind. PSEG has chosen Duke Fluor Daniel as the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contractor. Preliminary construction at the site is underway. The plant is targeted for operation in spring/summer of 2003.
U.S. buys Canadian energy system: U.S. Energy Systems Inc. has acquired Trigen Energy Canada Co. in a transaction valued at $18 million ($28 million, Canadian). The purchase is comprised of two district energy systems: one in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and the other in London, Ontario. The transaction is accretive to earnings and is expected to add $10 million in annual revenues to U.S. Energy.
PG&E Corp. purchases Lone Star plants: PG&E Corp.’s National Energy Group has an agreement with the City of Denton, Texas, to purchase and operate the municipality’s electric generating facilities and provide a five-year “full service requirements” wholesale power-supply contract. Under the agreement, a subsidiary of the National Energy Group will acquire the 176 MW, natural gas-fired Spencer Generating Station, as well as the Lewisville and Ray Roberts Hydro facilities.
PROJECTS AND CONTRACTS
FPL sets sights on Calif.: FPL Energy LLC (a subsidiary of FPL Group Inc.) will build and operate a 517 MW, natural gas-fired plant in Blythe, Calif. Construction has begun, with completion slated for early 2003.
Fortis to assist hydro: Fortis Inc. has entered into an agreement with Abitibi-Consolidated Inc. to develop additional capacity at Abitibi-Consolidated’s hydroelectric plant at Grand Falls-Windsor and to redevelop the forestry company’s hydroelectric plant at Bishops Falls, Newfoundland. The project will cost $65 million and increase annual energy production from the two hydroelectric plants by approximately 30 percent.
Reliant looks to build Fla. plant: Reliant Resources will enter into exclusive negotiations with the Utilities Commission of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., to explore continued development of the 500 MW New Smyrna Beach Power Project. Development activities were started by Duke Energy, which recently terminated it’s agreement with the Commission.
Tenaska signs agreements: Tenaska Power Services Co. signed multi-year power marketing agreements with two large public utilities in Texas and Iowa. The Brownsville Public Utilities Board of Brownsville, Texas, renewed their agreement with Tenesaka for three years. Muscatine Power and Water of Muscatine, Iowa, renewed for two years.
Dominion plans W. Va. plant: Dominion and Anker Energy Corp. jointly announced plans to develop a new coal waste-fired electric power station and mining complex in Upshur County, West Virginia. Under the terms of the agreement, Dominion would construct, own and operate the 450 MW station. Anker would provide all of the facility’s fuel from on-site surface mining operations. The project represents a potential investment of $600 million.
Lockwood Greene to build for Pinnacle: Lockwood Greene will engineer, procure and construct a power project for Pinnacle West Energy. The 500 MW plant will be located in Phoenix, Arizona, and will provide power for about 375,000 households in the metropolitan area. The project began in March, with projected commercial operations commencing in June 2003.
Avista Corp.: Gary G. Ely is chairman of the board.
Dynegy: Michael D. Capellas and H. John Riley, Jr. have been elected to the board of directors.
American Electric Power: Scott N. Smith is vice president and chief risk officer.
ISO New England: Gordon van Welie is president and CEO, succeeding CEO William Berry.
PacifiCorp: Donald Furman has been appointed senior vice president of regulation and government affairs.
CMS Energy: Norman J. Saari has been promoted to executive director of governmental and international affairs. David G. Mengebier is senior vice president of governmental and public affairs.
FPL Group: Lewis Hay III has been elected president and CEO, replacing James Broadhead, who will remain chairman through the end of the year.
Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO): Michael P. Holstein has been named vice president and chief financial officer.
Electric Power Research Institute: Eugene W. Zeltmann, president and chief operating officer of the New York Power Authority, is serving on the board of directors.
iMedeon Inc.: Larry Duckworth has been appointed CEO and chairman of the board.
PSEG Global: George P. Schaefer has joined the company as senior vice president of finance and treasurer.