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10-K
NRG ENERGY, INC. filed this Form 10-K on 02/29/2016
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Note 9 — Property, Plant and Equipment
NRG's major classes of property, plant, and equipment were as follows:
 
As of December 31,
 
Depreciable
 
2015
 
2014
 
Lives
 
(In millions)
 
 
Facilities and equipment
$
22,676

 
$
27,457

 
1-40 Years
Land and improvements
1,226

 
1,194

 
 
Nuclear fuel
545

 
490

 
5 Years
Office furnishings and equipment
462

 
346

 
2-10 Years
Construction in progress
627

 
770

 
 
Total property, plant, and equipment
25,536

 
30,257

 
 
Accumulated depreciation
(6,804
)
 
(7,890
)
 
 
Net property, plant, and equipment
$
18,732

 
$
22,367

 
 
The Company recorded long-lived asset impairments during 2015, as further described in Note 10, Asset Impairments.
Note 10Asset Impairments
2015 Impairment Losses

Seward As described in Note 3, Business Acquisitions and Dispositions, on November 24, 2015, the Company entered into an agreement with Robindale Energy Services, Inc. to sell 100% of its interest in Seward for cash consideration of $75 million. The transaction triggered an impairment indicator as the sale price was less than the carrying amount of the assets, and, as a result, the assets were considered to be impaired. The Company measured the impairment loss as the difference between the carrying amount of the assets and the agreed-upon sale price. The Company recorded an impairment loss of $134 million for the year ended December 31, 2015, to reduce the carrying amount of the assets held for sale to the fair market value.

Limestone and W.A. Parish During the fourth quarter of 2015, as the Company updated its view for long-term prices in connection with the preparation of its annual budget, it was noted that the cash flows for the Limestone and W.A. Parish coal-fired facilities located in Texas were lower than the carrying amount, primarily driven by declining power prices as the cost of commodities continues to decline and the assets were impaired. The fair value of the Limestone and W.A. Parish plants was determined using an income approach by applying a discounted cash flow methodology to the long-term budgets for each respective plant. The income approach utilized estimates of discounted future cash flows, which were Level 3 fair value measurements, and include key inputs such as forecasted power prices, fuel costs and emissions credit expense, forecasted operating and capital expenditures and discount rates. The Company measured the impairment loss as the difference between the carrying amount and the fair value of the assets and recognized impairment losses of $1,514 million and $1,295 million related to Limestone and W.A. Parish, respectively.

Huntley On August 25, 2015, the Company filed a notice with the NYSPSC of its intent to retire Huntley's operating units on March 1, 2016. The Company considered this to be an indicator of impairment and performed an impairment test for these assets under ASC 360, Property, Plant and Equipment. On October 14, 2015, the Company filed a cost-of-service filing at FERC in anticipation that the Huntley operating units would be needed for reliability purposes, proposing a reliability must run service agreement for a four-year period beginning on March 1, 2016. On October 30, 2015, NYISO released the results of its reliability study, indicating that the Huntley operating units are not needed for bulk system reliability. The Company considered the impact of the reliability study conducted and evaluated the estimated cash flows associated with the facility. Accordingly, the Company determined that the carrying amount of the assets was higher than the estimated future net cash flows expected to be generated by the assets and that the assets were impaired. The fair value of the Huntley operating units was determined using the income approach. The income approach utilized estimates of discounted future cash flows, which were Level 3 fair value measurements, and include key inputs such as forecasted contract prices, forecasted operating expenses and discount rates. The Company recorded an impairment loss of $132 million during the year ended December 31, 2015.

Dunkirk The Company signed a ten-year agreement in November 2014 with National Grid to add natural gas-burning capabilities at the Dunkirk facility. On August 25, 2015, NRG announced that Dunkirk Unit 2 would be mothballed on January 1, 2016 at the expiration of its reliability support services agreement. The project to add natural gas-burning capabilities has been suspended, pending the outcome of litigation with respect to the gas addition contract and its validity. On October 30, 2015, NYISO released the results of its reliability study, indicating that the Dunkirk facility is not needed for system reliability. In connection with the planned mothball of the facility, the pending litigation and the latest reliability assessment completed by NYISO, the Company evaluated whether the related fixed assets were impaired. The Company determined that the carrying amount of the assets was higher than the estimated future net cash flows expected to be generated by the assets and that the assets were impaired. The fair value of the Dunkirk facility was determined using the income approach. The income approach utilized estimates of discounted future cash flows, which were Level 3 fair value measurements, and include key inputs such as forecasted contract prices, forecasted operating and capital expenditures and discount rates. The Company recorded an impairment loss of $160 million during the year ended December 31, 2015.

Gregory — During the fourth quarter of 2015, the Company determined that the carrying amount of the assets was higher than the estimated future net cash flows expected to be generated by the assets and that the assets were impaired. The fair value of the Gregory facility was determined using the income approach, which utilized estimates of discounted future cash flows, which were Level 3 fair value measurements, and include key inputs such as forecasted prices, operating and capital expenditures and discount rates. The Company recorded an impairment loss of $176 million during the year ended December 31, 2015.

Solar Panels — During the fourth quarter of 2015, the Company recorded an impairment loss of $29 million to reduce the carrying value of certain solar panels to their approximate fair value.
Investments — During the fourth quarter of 2015, the Company reviewed certain of its cost method and equity method investments and concluded that losses incurred by these investments were other than temporary. These losses were primarily driven by the sustained decline in stock price of a publicly traded investment as well as change in financing structures of certain non-publicly traded investments. As a result, the Company recorded losses related to these investments of $56 million.
         
2014 Impairment Losses

Coolwater — During the fourth quarter of 2014, the Company determined that it would retire the 636 MW natural-gas fired Coolwater facility in Dagget, California. The facility faced critical repairs on the cooling towers for units 3 and 4 and, during the fourth quarter of 2014, did not receive any awards in a near-term capacity auction and no interest in a bilateral capacity deal. The Company considered this to be an indicator of impairment and performed an impairment test for these assets under ASC 360, Property, Plant and Equipment. The carrying amount of the assets was higher than the future net cash flows expected to be generated by the assets and as a result, the assets are considered to be impaired. The Company measured the impairment loss as the difference between the carrying amount and the fair value of the assets. The Company retired the Coolwater facility effective January 1, 2015. All remaining fixed assets of the station were written off resulting in an impairment loss of $22 million recorded during the fourth quarter of 2014.
Osceola — During the third quarter of 2014, the Company determined that it would mothball the 463 MW natural gas-fired Osceola facility, in Saint Cloud, Florida. The Company considered this to be an indicator of impairment and performed an impairment test for these assets under ASC 360, Property, Plant and Equipment. The carrying amount of the assets was higher than the future net cash flows expected to be generated by the assets and as a result, the assets were considered to be impaired. The Company measured the impairment loss as the difference between the carrying amount and the fair value of the assets. Due to the location of the facility, it was determined that the best indicator of fair value is the market value of the combustion turbines. The Company recorded an impairment loss of approximately $60 million during the third quarter of 2014, which represents the excess of the carrying value over the fair market value.
Solar Panels — During the third quarter of 2014, the Company recorded an impairment loss of $10 million to reduce the carrying value of certain solar panels to their approximate fair value.

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