|NRG ENERGY, INC. filed this Form 10-K on 02/29/2016|
2013 Impairment Losses
Indian River — Annually during the fourth quarter, the Company revises its views of power and fuel prices including the Company's view for long-term prices in connection with the preparation of its annual budget. Changes to the Company’s views of long-term power and fuel prices impacted the Company’s projections of profitability, based on management's estimate of supply and demand within the sub-markets for each plant and the physical and economic characteristics of each plant. The Company's revised views of projected profitability for Indian River resulted in a significant adverse change in the extent to which the assets are expected to be used. As a result, 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 asset, considering project specific assumptions for long-term power pool prices, escalated future project operating costs and expected plant operations. As a result, the assets were considered to be impaired, and the Company measured the impairment loss as the difference between the carrying amount and the fair value of the assets. The fair value of the assets was determined by factoring in the probability weighting of different courses of action available to the Company and included both an income approach and a market approach. The Company recorded an impairment loss related to Indian River in the fourth quarter of 2013 of $459 million.
Gladstone — During the fourth quarter of 2013, the Company reviewed its 37.5% interest in Gladstone for impairment utilizing the other-than-temporary impairment model under ASC 820, Fair Value Measurements, due to future market expectations as well as discussions with the managing joint venture participants regarding the plant's expected life. In determining fair value, the Company utilized an income approach and considered project specific assumptions for future project operating revenues and costs and expected plant operations. The carrying amount of the Company's equity method investment exceeded the fair value of the investment and the Company concluded that the decline is considered to be other than temporary. As a result, the Company measured the impairment loss as the difference between the carrying amount and fair value of the investment and recorded an impairment loss in the fourth quarter of 2013 of $92 million.