Entergy power plant purchases stalled by inquiry

Associated Press Modified: October 6, 2012 at 11:15 am •  Published: October 6, 2012
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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Someday, Entergy Corp. may own power plants in Jackson, Miss., and Malvern, Ark. But no one's sure when, or even if, the New Orleans-based utility will complete its $469 million purchase of two natural gas-fired plants from KGen Power Corp.

In 2010, the Justice Department told Entergy it was investigating whether the company had unfairly favored use of its own power plants, controlled transmission lines to strangle independent power generators, and then swooped in to buy their modern plants on the cheap. Entergy found out about the inquiry as it was buying a Louisiana generator. Now antitrust approval to buy two more has been delayed.

Entergy CEO Wayne Leonard told investors on an April 26 conference call that officials didn't know what was going on with the agency.


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