Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Company Briefs

Carlyle Group Closes on Red Oak

Cogentrix logoCarlyle Group closed on its purchase of the 823-MW Red Oak combined-cycle plant in New Jersey from Energy Capital Partners, bringing to 11 the number of plants it has bought since acquiring Cogentrix Energy Power Management late last year. More: Carlyle Group

DTE Shakes Up Senior Management

Steve Kurmas, DTE Energy president

Steve Kurmas

DTE Energy named five executives to new positions, effective Dec. 30. Steve Kurmas becomes DTE Energy president and COO; Jerry Norcia president and COO of DTE Electric and Gas & Storage Pipelines; Dave Meador, DTE Energy vice chairman and chief administrative officer; Peter Oleksiak DTE Energy senior vice president and CFO; and Mark Stiers president and COO of DTE Gas. More: DTE Energy

Duke Utilities Eye Renewables Business

Having decided its regulated utilities should get much more into renewables, Duke Energy has established a group to determine how they should do it – by building, owning capacity or partnering. Duke’s utilities may take different approaches, says Ron Caldwell, who heads the new group, which is focusing initially on solar. Getting renewables into the utility mix is  “the next place for our generation portfolios to evolve to,” Caldwell said. More: Charlotte Business Journal

Riverbend Demolition Set

Riverbend Steam Station (Source: Duke Energy)

Riverbend Steam Station (Source: Duke Energy)

Duke Energy will begin dismantling the 84-year-old Riverbend station in North Carolina this fall and level the powerhouse and chimneys in 2016. The company shut the little-used 454-MW plant in April as part of its coal plant-retirement program, and now has outlined permanent closure plans. Environmentalists will watch closely how Duke handles coal ash ponds at the site. More: Charlotte Observer

Exelon Reaps up to $100 Million in PTCs

Exelon continues to take advantage of the production tax credit for wind power even as it protests the PTC as a market distorter, particularly damaging to its giant nuclear fleet’s revenue. A Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyst pegged Exelon’s own wind PTCs for this year at $75 million to $100 million, based on the company’s 1.3 GW of wind projects. To environmentalists’ criticism, Exelon says it has a fiduciary responsibility to its shareholders to take the tax credits, but it opposes all market-distorting subsidies. Although Exelon has suffered this year from low power prices, Morningstar analysts say the company’s prospects are good because its low-carbon nuclear fleet will be valuable for years to come. More: Greenwire; Forbes

FirstEnergy Adds $2.8 Billion to Spending Plan

FirstEnergy’s board approved $2.8 billion for transmission system upgrades, on top of the $700 million it set earlier this year. FE sees most of its growth coming from transmission investment, CEO Anthony Alexander said. The company plans to cut the sales force of FirstEnergy Solutions, its unregulated subsidiary, to further reduce its market risk. More: The Plain Dealer

Seneca Pump Hydro plant in Warren, PA (Source: FirstEnergy)

Seneca Pump Hydro plant in Warren, PA (Source: FirstEnergy)

FE Gets FERC Approval for Hydro Asset Sale

FirstEnergy companies won Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval to sell 527 MW of hydropower facilities to LS Power Development. The plants include the 451-MW Seneca Pumped Storage facility in Warren, Pa., and assets in Virginia and West Virginia. FirstEnergy said in May that it would sell up to 1,240 MW of unregulated hydro assets. More: Electric Light & Power

NRG to Supply Phila. Convention Center

NRG-LogoNRG Energy, which entered the residential retail market in Philadelphia in September, has won a big commercial customer in the city. The Pennsylvania Convention Center will buy its approximately 26.5 million MWh a year of power from NRG Business Solutions beginning next year. A competitive process resulted in choice of the NRG Energy unit, which is to provide 25% of the power from renewable sources. This is the first renewable power buy for the center, which later this month will host the world’s largest conference dedicated to green building. More: MarketWatch

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