PUCO Approves Columbia Auction Results The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved
the results of the Columbia Gas Standard Service Offer auction, which, as first reported
in Matters yesterday, resulted in a Retail Price Adjustment of $1.88/Mcf. Additional
details in our 2/9 story.
CL&P Reports LRS Supplier Connecticut Light and Power reported that PPL EnergyPlus,
LLC won 100% of its Last Resort Service load for the three-month period beginning
April 1, 2011.
ERCOT Seeks Consent to Disclose Offline Units ERCOT has requested that Resource Entities
(REs) and Qualified Scheduling Entities (QSEs) representing Resource Entities provide
written consent to publicly disclose certain Resource-specific data. Due to the
recent rolling outages, ERCOT has received numerous inquiries regarding Resources
that tripped Off-Line at some time during February 1 - 4, 2011. "ERCOT would like
to be in a position to respond to these inquiries with a public list that identifies
those Resources," ERCOT said in its request for consent for such disclosure. Section
22.214.171.124(c) of the ERCOT Protocols indicates that the "status of Resources, including
Outages, limitations, or scheduled or metered Resource data" is "Protected Information"
up until 60 days after the applicable Operating Day. ERCOT asked Resource Entities
to give their prior written consent to the public disclosure of the following information:
1. Name of physical unit that tripped Off-Line at some time during February 1 - 4,
2. Name of Resource Entity that owns or controls the unit
3. The county in which the unit is located
4. Fuel type of the unit.
Usource, New Hampshire Association of Counties Forms Buying Group Broker Usource,
LLC has formed an energy buying group with the New Hampshire Association of Counties,
which Usource called the first state-wide electric and natural gas buying group to
include all 10 New Hampshire counties. Usource said that it is the second largest
broker of electricity and natural gas in the country, operating in 18 states and
managing over $500 million in energy contracts annually.
Ameren Energy Resources Company Names New CEO As part of a series of executive changes
at various Ameren subsidiaries, Steven Sullivan was named chairman, president, and
CEO of Ameren Energy Resources Company, LLC, Ameren's holding company for merchant
generation and its energy marketing services. Sullivan was previously Ameren's senior
vice president and general counsel. Charles Naslund, who previously led Ameren Energy
Resources Company, is moving to a new position with Ameren's regulated Missouri utility.
FirstEnergy Enters MOU to Sell Fremont Plant FirstEnergy Corp. has entered into a
non-binding Memorandum of Understanding for the sale of its Fremont Energy Center
in Fremont, Ohio, to American Municipal Power, Inc. The MOU provides, among other
things, for the parties to engage in exclusive negotiations toward AMP executing
a definitive agreement by March 11, 2011, to purchase the facility on or about July
1, 2011. The Fremont Energy Center, a 707-megawatt (MW) natural gas combined cycle
generation plant owned by FirstEnergy Generation Corp., is currently under construction
and scheduled to be complete in 2011. The plant, acquired from Calpine, includes
two natural gas turbines and a steam turbine capable of producing 544 MW of load-following
capacity and 163 MW of peaking capacity. FirstEnergy said that the sale is consistent
with FirstEnergy's current efforts to divest non-strategic assets and use the proceeds
to provide the company with additional financial strength and flexibility.