May 10 JPMorgan Chase & Co has sold the
rights to market electricity from three power plants in Southern
California to a regional power company, reducing the bank's
presence in the state as it comes under regulatory scrutiny.
Federal energy regulators may take enforcement action
against JPMorgan over allegations that it manipulated power
prices in California and Michigan, which the bank denies and
vows to fight.
A spokeswoman at JPMorgan said the company declined to
comment on the sale.
California utility regulators on Thursday approved the plan
to transfer the management of the three power plants, which can
produce enough power for about three million homes, to Southern
California Edison (SCE) from October 1, 2013 to May 31, 2018.
SCE is a unit of Edison International serving about
4.9 million customers in Southern and Central California.
The natural gas-fired plants are owned and operated by units
of U.S. power company AES Corp and managed by JPMorgan
under so-called tolling agreements.
Tolling agreements usually allow companies like JPMorgan to
purchase gas and sell the power produced from the facilities.
The sale included the management 3,690 megawatts (MW) at
Units 1-6 at the Alamitos plant (1,950 MW), Units 1 and 2 at
Huntington Beach (430 MW) and Units 5-8 at Redondo Beach (1,310
The California Public Utilities Commission and SCE did not
disclose the cost of the contract.