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Supreme Court of Chile Rules Against Local Environmental Permitting Authority for AES Gener Project

Jun 29, 2009
Revokes Permit for Campiche Plant Granted by Local Authorities

ARLINGTON, Va.--Jun. 29, 2009-- On Monday, June 22, 2009, the Supreme Court of Chile invalidated an environmental permit granted by the Chilean regulatory authorities for the Campiche thermal power plant, a 270 MW coal plant located in Ventanas, Chile (Campiche). The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) indirectly owns a 71 percent interest in Campiche through its subsidiary AES Gener (Gener), the second largest generator of electricity in Chile.

As a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling against the local permitting authority, Gener is stopping work on Campiche, which was previously expected to commence commercial operations in the second quarter of 2011. Construction on the project would resume when a solution has been implemented which complies with all applicable laws.

AES issued financial guidance for the years 2009-2011 on May 27, 2009. If the Campiche project is delayed, AES does not anticipate that the delay would have a material affect on its previously-issued guidance. However, if Gener is unable to complete the project, AES may be required to record a non-cash impairment of Campiche, which could have a material impact on GAAP earnings in the period in which it is recorded. AES does not anticipate that any other previously-disclosed guidance would be materially affected if Genercannot complete the project.

The 270 MW Campiche plant is one of 26 projects in AES’ 3,500 MW construction program.

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The AES Corporation (NYSE:AES) is a Fortune 500 global power company with generation and distribution businesses. Through our diverse portfolio of thermal and renewable fuel sources, we safely provide affordable and sustainable energy in 29 countries. Our workforce of 25,000 people is committed to operational excellence and meeting the world's changing power needs. Our 2008 revenues were $16 billion and we own and manage $35 billionin total assets. BusinessWeek named AES to its 2009 "BW 50" list. To learn more, please visit

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