Fri, Oct. 23, 3:48 PM
- American Electric Power (AEP -2.8%) is downgraded to Neutral from Outperform with a $62 price target, cut from $67, at Credit Suisse.
- The firm thinks AEP's consensus earnings estimates for the next three years are too high, and points out the unknown outcome surrounding the Ohio generation PPA.
- Credit Suisse favorably views some of AEP's strategic moves, including improving its return on equity, boosting transmission investments and moving out of non-regulated businesses.
Thu, Oct. 22, 3:49 PM
- American Electric Power (AEP +0.3%) says it expects to decide in early 2016 if it will sell its Ohio coal-fired power plants, as the state's Public Utilities Commission should make a decision on AEP's proposed power purchase agreement to keep the plants open by year-end, CEO Nick Akins said in today's earnings conference call.
- AEP has long said the outcome of the PUC’S decision on the PPA will have a major impact on the future of its plants, though Akins says he would be "ambivalent" about selling them.
- AEP reported better than expected Q3 earnings, helped by favorable weather that propelled a 25% rise in operating profit at its vertically integrated utilities business, and a 23% increase gain in operating earnings at its transmission business.
- AEP raised its EPS guidance for the year, now seeing $3.67-$3.77 vs. an earlier range of $3.50-$3.65; for 2016, AEP affirmed its EPS view of $3.45-$3.85.
Thu, Oct. 22, 6:59 AM
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Tue, Oct. 20, 10:42 AM
Mon, Oct. 12, 10:56 AM
- Electricity producers are largely planning to comply with, not contest, the Obama administration’s new rule limiting carbon emissions from power plants, believing the new regulations at least add certainty to their plans to move away from coal to generate electricity toward cheap natural gas and renewable energy, WSJ reports.
- "Everybody is moving in this direction anyway,” Dominion (NYSE:D) CEO Tom Farrell says.
- "Our coal assets are still running but they’re not making any money," says CEO Bob Flexon of Dynegy (NYSE:DYN), whose generating capacity is ~45% coal and 55% gas. “All the earnings are coming from our gas portfolio."
- Certainly not every utility has agreed to go along with the EPA’s 15-year plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from the power industry by 32% from 2005; among those who say they are still studying the rule and deciding on next steps are DUK, AEP and SO.
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Thu, Oct. 1, 5:29 PM
- American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) agrees to sell its AEP River Operations commercial barge transportation subsidiary to American Commercial Lines, owned by Platinum Equity, for ~$550M.
- AEP River Operations delivers ~45M tons of products annually, including 10M tons of coal.
- AEP plans to retain ownership of its captive barge fleet that delivers coal to its regulated coal-fueled power plants owned by Appalachian Power, Kentucky Power and Indiana Michigan Power.
Fri, Sep. 11, 3:34 PM
- American Electric Power (AEP +0.4%) says 7,209 MW of the its unregulated generation fleet in the PJM Interconnection cleared the capacity auction for the 2018-19 delivery year at $164.77/MW-day, representing all the capacity it bid into the auction.
- In the 2016-17 transitional auction, AEP says it cleared 7,169 MW at $134/MW-day, replacing the original capacity auction clearing price of $59/MW-day; in the 2017-18 transitional auction, AEP cleared 6,495 MW at $151.50/MW, replacing the original auction clearing price of $120/MW-day.
- AEP also reaffirms guidance for FY 2016 EPS of $3.45-$3.85, vs. $3.72 analyst consensus estimate.
Tue, Aug. 4, 8:05 PM
- The utilities (NYSEARCA:XLU) sector was Wall Street's biggest decliner today as natural gas was the surprise loser from Pres. Obama’s climate plan, with the White House apparently abandoning its previous enthusiasm for gas as a cleaner alternative to coal.
- Gas producers were "confused and disappointed" that the administration eliminated an earlier projection that natural gas would contribute much more electricity, instead increasing the role of renewables; also perplexed were utility companies, who have led a power transformation and spent hundreds of millions of dollars to switch generating plants from coal to shale gas.
- American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) CEO Nicholas Akins says the U.S. does not have the luxury of being able to ditch nat gas, saying the only way to power big industrial processes is through large-scale, 24-hour generation close to consumers - “solar doesn’t provide that and wind doesn’t provide that."
- The final plan is considered a boon for companies such as SolarCity (NASDAQ:SCTY) and NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) that have invested billions in renewable generation, but Sanford Bernstein calls NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG) the biggest potential loser from the plan, saying profits in some scenarios could tumble by half because most of its electricity comes from coal plants that are in EPA’s cross-hairs.
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Wed, Jul. 8, 2:57 PM
- Talen Energy (TLN -1.8%) CEO Paul Farr says the newly formed independent power producer is looking to buy natural gas, coal and nuclear power plants in New York, New England, Texas and the PJM region.
- TLN would be interested in looking at Luminant, the Texas merchant business of bankrupt Energy Future Holdings, and the unregulated Ohio plants of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP), if either company decides to put the assets up for sale, the CEO says.
- As an independent company, Farr says TLN has the currency and balance sheet to make transactions without adding overhead: "Our structure can handle a lot more megawatts without adding more bodies. We don't have to hire more accountants to pay more PJM bills."
Mon, Jun. 29, 7:37 PM
- For some big U.S. power companies, the Supreme Court's rejection of EPA rules reducing air pollutants from coal-fired plants has arrived too late for them to turn away from a natural gas-fueled future.
- FirstEnergy (NYSE:FE) already has deactivated 5,429 MW of coal-fired generation and says it has no intention of placing any of it back on line, saying "deactivating power plants is an expensive process, and once they are deactivated it is difficult to restart them."
- Dynegy (NYSE:DYN) says it already spent $2B to comply with MATS and other air regulations, and NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG) says it already added the necessary equipment to comply with state and federal laws.
- Officials at other big power companies including American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) and Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) also say they will not change their ongoing MATS compliance activities.
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Mon, Jun. 29, 11:38 AM
- Coal stocks (KOL +0.3%) are rallying after the Supreme Court threw out the EPA’s first-ever rules requiring coal-fired power plants to cut emissions of mercury and other toxic air pollutants, saying the agency should have weighed the cost of compliance in deciding whether to regulate.
- The ruling means the EPA must go back to the drawing board, which possibly could push any new emissions rules past Pres. Obama’s time in office.
- Coal companies are enjoying hefty gains: WLT +28.2%, ACI +15.1%, BTU +11.2%, ANR +5.4%, CLD +5.2%, RNO +3.9%, WLB +1.9%, CNX +1.4%.
- Select utility names also are seeing some strength: AEP +1%, PCG +0.9%, D +0.6%, NEE +0.6%, EXC +0.3%.
Wed, Jun. 10, 9:57 AM
- PJM Interconnection, the largest U.S. electricity grid, wins approval from U.S. regulators for a plan to increase reliability at power plants and avoid a repeat of the shutdowns and price spikes during the unseasonably cold winter of 2014.
- Under the plan, which takes effect in 2018 after a capacity auction this year, generators that promise to be available during peak demand periods will receive higher payouts than other plants and will be penalized for failing to meet the commitments; the auction, planned for May, was delayed after FERC declined PJM’s initial proposal and asked for more information.
- The largest generators in PJM are trading higher at the open: NRG +4.2%, AEP +1.4%, EXC +3.1%, PEG +1.1%, DYN +7.2%.
- Also: TLN +4%, NEE +1.2%, PCG +0.7%, EE +1.5%, SO +0.5%, D +0.2%, DUK +0.9%, XLU +0.9%.
American Electric Power Co Inc is a public utility holding company, through its subsidiaries, provides electric service, consisting of generation, transmission and distribution, on an integrated basis to its retail customers.
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