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Dallas Business Leaders Back Hunt In Oncor Bid

The Texas Tribune

by Jim Malewitz
A smorgasbord of Dallas business leaders — including a Hall-of-Fame Cowboys quarterback — is supporting a Ray L. Hunt-led investment group’s request that Texas regulators reconsider restrictions it has placed on the group’s effort to buy Oncor, the state’s largest electric utility, and reshape it into a real estate investment trust.
“It is critical that Oncor remain under local control, and we are very supportive of the …

Hunt Group Asks For Re-hearing on Oncor Bid

Platts

by Jim Malewitz
The fate of the state’s largest utility looks clear as mud.
Nearly one month after Texas regulators approved — with major stipulations — Ray L. Hunt’s plan to buy Oncor and reshape it into a real estate investment trust, the Dallas oilman and his investors want a do-over.
The group asked the Texas Public Utility Commission on Monday for a new hearing, …

ERCOT gas-fired capacity sells for half the cost of new build

Platts

Luminant on Monday closed on the $1.3 billion acquisition of 2,988 MW of natural gas-fired capacity in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas footprint, a move that diversifies the company’s generation portfolio.
In the deal, Luminant, a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings, took ownership of NextEra Energy Resources’ 1,912-MW Forney independent power plant in Forney, Texas, and NextEra’s 1,076-MW Lamar plant in Paris, Texas. Both plants are …

Ohio approves Conesville ‘bailout’

The Coshocton Tribune

by Jessie Balmert, Gannett Ohio

COLUMBUS – In an unprecedented move, two energy companies were guaranteed profits for eight years by treating customers like investors to keep Conesville and other power plants operating across Ohio.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio in a 5-0 vote Thursday approved plans from Akron-based FirstEnergy and Columbus-based American Electric Power that require customers to subsidize aging plants. Consumers would act like investors. If energy prices are low, customers would pay more to subsidize the plants. If prices rise, consumers could see credits on their bills.
Ohio Consumers’ Counsel initially estimated the plans would …

Texas Regulators Approve Oncor Deal, But Uncertainty Persists

The Texas Tribune

by Jim Malewitz
Texas regulators on Thursday approved the Ray L. Hunt family’s high-stakes plan to purchase and reshape the state’s largest electric utility. But they added major revisions, prolonging the battle to own Oncor.
The Texas Public Utility Commission granted the Dallas oil family permission to transform the utility into a real estate investment trust, a corporate structure that would pass hundreds of millions of dollars in tax savings directly to shareholders and spur …

Natural gas-fired US power generation to surpass coal in 2016

Platts

The US Energy Information Administration expects lower natural gas prices will result in natural gas fueling 33.4% of US electricity generation in 2016 compared with 32% for coal, according to the agency’s monthly Short Term Energy Outlook released Tuesday.
It marks the first time the agency has projected natural gas generation to surpass coal on an annual basis. In the report’s February edition, the agency forecast gas would fuel 32.3% of US …