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Midwest Generation files for bankruptcy along with its parent

chicagotribune.com -- Edison Mission Energy, the unregulated generating unit of Edison International, filed for bankruptcy protection Monday along with subsidiary Midwest Generation. The filings had been expected.

Edison Mission said it agreed on a reorganization plan with its parent and holders of its $3.7 billion in debt. Under the agreement, Edison International will transfer its stake in Edison Mission Energy to unsecured creditors.

Midwest Generation owns and operates the coal-fired Powerton (Pekin), Joliet, Waukegan and Will County (Romeoville) generating units.

It would be up to the company's new owners to decide whether to move forward with expensive upgrades to meet environmental regulations, try to sell the plants or shut them down.


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SammyAdams
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 11:46:12 PM

BO bailout?
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 9:59:12 AM

<<"One reason for this bankruptcy is that coal has become expensive relative to natural gas. Natural gas is so much cheaper than coal it is likely that this is the reason for the coal not faring so well against natural gas .">>

That's true but for how long?
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 9:34:39 AM

Many coal generated power plants across the nation are under increasing regulations and every increasing prices. We must find a balance. As with anything else, not everyone will be happy, but that is life!
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 8:32:16 AM

that's a lot of debt. Does anyone else think Enron here?
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Please give KAR..... stupidest comment of the day award. Their power plants are the so far from green energy that they are in some other universe! It is no loss at all to see these ancient pollution/acid rain/mercury spewers go the way of the dinosaurs. The firm was simply too greedy to ever bother investing in cleaning up the emissions of these coal fired dragons. Dorothy Bush Koch may mourn their loss, along with the Koch Bros., but no one else will miss them.
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Everyone should have lower cost electricity. It only makes sense to convert the old school coal plants into something less polluting.
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 1:34:12 AM

There goes another of Obama's green energy companies under. When will it end?
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 1:18:54 AM

One reason for this bankruptcy is that coal has become expensive relative to natural gas. Natural gas is so much cheaper than coal it is likely that this is the reason for the coal not faring so well against natural gas .
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 12:48:51 AM

no bailout for coal!
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It's going to be pretty hard to wipe the smile off Obama's face.
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Well, Obama promised to bankrupt the coal industry. He's just following through.
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Ooops!!!
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Does not sound goog!
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:56:23 PM

More jobs out the window!!!
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:55:46 PM

Not good.
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Not all that surprising.
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Oh my
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too baadd..
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:49:08 PM

Come on China, chance to buy another U. S. company
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:48:55 PM

Any of our tax money involved?
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:46:07 PM

Sucks for them.
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:44:53 PM

I'll have to cogitate on that one.
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Obama wants to end most fossil fuel use anyway.
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:36:22 PM

The plants need to be shut down and newer plants with present technology will cost less in the long run.
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At least no bailout.
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tip of the iceberg folks. enjoy christmas and new year's eve. 2013 is going to b ugly for fossil fuel usage.
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Cool.....
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:24:51 PM

money hand over fist?
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:24:07 PM

Edison has been in financial difficulty for years so this doesn't surprise me.
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:22:58 PM

Is that what they think?
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:22:52 PM

I think this will work itself out
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:22:45 PM

Wow
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:21:17 PM

really...
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:18:45 PM

Thats a lot of money
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:15:14 PM

3.7 BILLION?
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ok
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More bailouts?
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ok
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Hope it works out.
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:09:11 PM

This is disturbing news.
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:08:55 PM

Bad management and bad business plans to run the business equals a mess.
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:06:12 PM

Thx for posting
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:05:45 PM

EPA killing jobs and companies with excessive regulation costs.
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:03:23 PM

Bad news for generation...
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:00:08 PM

Sounds like what the airlines do, sell and old plane before you come up to an expensive C or D check.
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 10:59:27 PM

Better off starting new.
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 10:57:58 PM

Which is more economical, bringing the existing plant up to regulations or converting it to natural gas? They were not competitive as they were.
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 10:55:31 PM

what a way to get out of paying for upgrades
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 10:53:16 PM

Wow
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 10:52:18 PM

wonder how much their leaders and board werepaid tho bring them down....no bailouts
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 10:50:51 PM

But . . . I thought regulations had no cost . . .
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