Northeast: Adjusted EBITDA for 2011 was $100 million, $215 million lower as compared to 2010. This decline was driven by a $307 million drop in gross margin due to 21% lower generation primarily caused by coal-to-gas switching, in addition to a 24% decrease in realized energy prices. Furthermore, capacity revenues have declined $105 million as prices and volumes continue to fall in the Northeast capacity markets. Partially offsetting the decreased gross margins were $62 million in favorable operating expenses, as maintenance expenses have declined, and 2010 results included $21 million for asset write-offs, primarily in connection with the planned retirement of Indian River unit 3. In addition, equity earnings have increased by $10 million as GenConn’s Middletown and Devon facilities were both operational in 2011.Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter was a loss of $4 million, compared to a gain of $35 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. Gross margin declined $63 million due to a combination of factors, including a 44% decline in realized energy prices, a 70% drop in coal generation and a $22 million decrease in capacity revenues due to lower pricing across the region. Partially offsetting these decreases were lower operating expenses of $22 million, primarily driven by decreased maintenance costs.
NRG Energy, Inc. Reports Full-Year And Fourth Quarter Results; Reaffirms 2012 Guidance And Plans Dividend
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