Onward for Oncor

On Thursday, February 16, 2017, the Delaware bankruptcy judge overseeing the Energy Future

Holdings Corp. Chapter 11 bankruptcy, stated that the most recent plan for emergence from

Chapter 11 met the standards for confirmation. While two objections to confirmation remain

to be resolved, Judge Christopher S. Sontchi said Thursday that the plan met the requirements

of Section 1129 of the Bankruptcy Code.

 

Previous readers visiting this site may recall the series of posts dealing with the saga sur-

rounding Oncor Electric Delivery Co. LLC and the prior plan of reorganization considered by

Judge Sontchi. That plan involved the reorganization of Oncor as a Real Estate Investment

Trust (REIT) under the ownership of Hunt Consolidated. After obtaining approval of the REIT

based plan, Hunt requested the blessing of the Texas Public Utility Commission (PUCT). The

PUCT determined that the REIT approach to financing the deal proffered by Hunt

favored investors at the expense of ratepayers. While the Texas Commission approved the

Hunt acquisition, it attached certain conditions to the transaction for the protection of ratepayers

which the Hunt team ultimately determined was not in the best interests of its investors. After

Hunt abandoned its pursuit of the Oncor assets, NextEra stepped into the breach and offered a

more conventional approach to financing the acquisition. The NextEra proposal goes before the

PUCT for consideration next week.

 

Stay tuned to this blog for further developments.