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Exelon Corp (NYSE:EXC)
Q1 2019 Earnings Call
May. 02, 2019, 10:00 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good morning. My name is Lindsey and I will be your conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the 2019 Q1 Exelon Earnings Call. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. After the speakers' remarks, there will be a question-and-answer session. (Operator Instructions) Thank you.

Dan Eggers, Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance, you may begin your conference.

Daniel L. Eggers -- Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance

Thank you, Lindsey. Good morning everyone and thank you for joining our first quarter 2019 earnings conference call. Leading the call today are Chris Crane, Exelon's President and Chief Executive Officer; and Joe Nigro, Exelon's Chief Financial Officer. They're joined by other members of Exelon's Senior Management team who will be available to answer your questions following our prepared remarks.

We issued our earnings release this morning along with the presentation, both of which can be found in the Investor Relations section of Exelon's website. The earnings release and other matters, which we discuss during today's call contain forward-looking statements and estimates that are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ from our forward-looking statements based on factors and assumptions discussed in today's material and comments made during this call.

Please refer today's 8-K and Exelon's other SEC filings for discussions of risk factors and factors that may cause results to differ from management's projections, forecasts and expectations.

Today's presentation also includes references to adjusted operating earnings and other non-GAAP measures. Please refer to the information contained in the appendix of our presentation and our earnings release for reconciliations between the non-GAAP measures and the nearest equivalent GAAP measures.

I'll now turn the call over to Chris Crane, Exelon's CEO.

Chris M. Crane -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Dan, and good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us today. During the quarter, we achieved success on several key fronts and reached a couple of milestones. First, the US Supreme Court declined to hear the ZEC cases clearing the last legal challenge at the federal level for the Illinois and New York programs. The decision affirms that states have the right to protect their citizens by favoring clean energy and it is a win for the consumers, policymakers and the regulators.

Second, we received credit upgrades from both S&P and Fitch. These upgrades recognizes successful execution on our utility-driven growth strategy and reduction in business risk while maintaining strong financial metrics.

Third, we reached settlements in New Jersey, on the ACE rate case and the infrastructure investment program. These outcomes reflect the continued positive evolution of our partnership with regulators built on improvement and reliability and customer satisfaction.

Finally, turning to Slide 5, in March, we celebrated the seventh anniversary of the Constellation merger and the third anniversary of the PHI merger. Each merger has positively contributed to our strategy of increasing our regulated business mix and providing more stable earnings. Before these mergers, Exelon earned a mix of 28% utilities, 72% generation. In 2021, we project that mix will have flopped with nearly 70% earnings coming from the utilities. Through the Constellation merger, we grew our regulated earnings with the addition of BGE and also benefit from the combination of Exelon and Constellation's competitive business creating an industry leader integrated business that supports sufficiently hedging of our plants for capturing incremental margins and cash flows. The PHI merger further advanced our strategy to become more regulated, while creating value for customers and communities we serve.

We are meeting or exceeding all of our reliability merger commitments and customer across the PHI service territory and experiencing record reliability. The frequency and duration of outages have improved at each utility. Customers are out of power less frequency -- with less frequency and are restored the service much faster when out of power. In 2018, Delmarva customers had lowest frequency of outages. At Pepco, customers saw the fastest restoration time. And customer satisfaction is at all-time high at ACE, Delmarva and Pepco. We're also delivering on our promise to be a true partner with the communities we serve.

The PHI utilities have contributed more than %470 million in total economic impact since the merger closed. In 2018 alone, these utilities spent $313 million with minority and women owned suppliers, which is between 22% and 29% of each utility's total procurement spend. Each utility has made investments in workforce development programs including partnering with the District of Columbia to create the DC Infrastructure Academy.

We are also an important community partner for hundreds of organizations in the PHI service territory contributing more than $15 million in financial support and volunteering approximately 85,000 hours since the merger was approved.

Because of the improved service and enhanced partnership with our communities, we are building trust in our jurisdictions and are seeing a more positive regulatory environment develop.

Since the merger, we have reached constructive settlements in each of the PHI jurisdictions including Pepco, Maryland and DC and we've had our first settlements since 1980s. Exelon has delivered on the promises we made to our customers and the communities and the shareholders when we merged with PHI in 2016.

Turning to our financial results. On Slide 6, we had a strong quarter. On a GAAP basis, we earned $0.93 per share versus $0.60 per share last year. On a non-GAAP operating basis, we earned $0.87 per share versus $0.96 per share last year. Joe will cover the drivers in his remarks.

Turning to Slide 7. At the utilities, w continue to execute top quartile levels across key customer satisfaction and operating metrics. The investments we are making are resulting in improved reliability, which is strengthening our relationship with our customers and the regulators. We remain focused on helping our customers and communities become more energy efficient saving energy and money. We have been doing this for years and I'm happy to say once again the EPA named all five of our eligible companies, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva, PECO, and Pepco as 2018 ENERGY STAR partners of the year.

Generation performed well during the quarter. Nuclear produced 39.2 terawatt-hours of zero emission electricity with a capacity factor of 97.1%, the best quarter performance in more than 10 years. During the polar vortex where the temperatures were significantly below zero, our fleet ran at full power keeping families in our markets safe and warm. Exelon power and gas and hydro dispatch match of 97.8% and wind and solar capture of 96.5% exceeding plan.

Moving on to Slide 8. Since the beginning of the year, there has been a number of important developments. US Supreme Court upheld the clean -- clean energy programs. Illinois is looking to advance its clean energy goals. Pennsylvania is considering adding nuclear to its alternative energy standard. New Jersey awarded zero emission credits. PJM has made scarcity filing in March with the request approval date by mid-December and first act on fast-start energy pricing reforms. These actions recognize the importance of preserving existing resources of carbon-free energy, addressing the -- and addressing the underlying deficiencies in the market.

In Illinois, legislation was introduced that would require the Illinois Power Authority to procure clean capacity for ComEd customers using that fixed resource requirement mechanism that is currently in the PJM tariff. In addition to supporting a course of truly clean energy future in Illinois, the legislation will also ensure that consumers pay less than they do today. The concept of the FRR has a wide support and has been endorsed by the Illinois CUB, the Clean Jobs Coalition and organized labor. Another piece of legislation has been introduced into Illinois to extend the formula rate. ComEd's formula rate provides tangible benefits to the consumers as well as certainty we need to make investments and improve reliability and resiliency in customer service, while keeping the bills affordable. In the nine years that ComEd has filed the formula rate, we have asked for rate decreases four times.

It's a busy legislative season as Governor Pritzker and the General Assembly tackle Illinois' significant budget problems. However, we are optimistic these two priorities can get done this year.

In Pennsylvania, bipartisan group in the House and Senate introduced legislation that would treat nuclear equal to other non-emitting resources by adding it to the ultimate energy portfolio standard. Several hearings have been held in the House and Senate on the bill, but it's not clear the action will be taken in time to reverse our decision to retire TMI .

We also achieved two important milestones for our existing ZEC programs in April. First, as mentioned, the US Supreme Court declined to hear the challenges, the New York and Illinois ZEC programs, consistent with that resounding decision we received from the district and the circuit courts. Second, the New Jersey BPU awarded ZECs to all three New Jersey -- units in New Jersey allowing them to continue to provide zero-carbon energy to the state.

We are pleased to see the states moving forward with thoughtful energy policy that preserves the rights to chart a clean energy future.

Finally, turning to FERC and PJM. We are pleased FERC acting on the fast-start reforms that expand the price setting eligibility for block loaded resources. FERC has requested that PJM submit a compliance filing by July 31st and we expect the reforms to be implemented shortly after that. In addition, PJM filed they a 206 petition to improve the pricing of reserves, which we have previously referred to as scarcity or ORDC reforms. These reforms along with base load price formation are essential to preserve an effective competitive market in PJM, and we're happy to see the programs being made to address these clear needs.

Turning to Slide 9. Much of the policy work we've engaged in including preserving zero-carbon generation, we have viewed as necessary to bridge a comprehensive carbon policy, in the past time, not just for the government, but for every business, most particularly energy businesses along with their customers and stakeholders to take action on reducing carbon emissions. For several decades, Exelon has been positioning itself for a carbon-constrained world and acting as a leader advocating for carbon policy at the state and federal level. We have built the cleanest power generation company in the country, we have divested or retired all of our coal generation and invested in renewables and increasing our output of our nuclear fuel. As a result, Exelon has produced more clean energy than any other company in the United States by a factor of 2, and out of 9 -- every 9 clean megawatts in the US comes from an Exelon plant. We've avoided 67.8 million metric tons of greenhouse gas, the equivalent of making or taking 14.5 million cars off the road through two previous carbon reduction goals, and we are on track to meet the most recent goal of 15% additional reduction of emissions from internal operations.

We're a leading voice in supporting policies and regulations that require reduced emissions and encourage technology changes, and across our businesses, we working to enable clean energy solutions for our customers and communities. In 2018 alone, our energy efficiency program saved customers 21.9 million megawatt-hours of electricity avoiding 9.9 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emission. We're investing in electric transportation and charging infrastructure at both utilities and Constellation. Excelon is also involved in grid scale energy storage development to enable faster and greater reliability for the use of renewables. One example of this is through our efforts to launch the Volta Energy, which works with the national labs and research universities to commercialize new technologies.

The world is changing in terms of awareness of the scope of climate change and the need for new potential solutions. Our customers, our cities and our communities, as well as our employees are demanding clean power. So that is what we intend to provide.

We still have a long way to go, but the engagements that we're seeing at the state level affirms our view that these policies will be part of our country's future.

With that, now I'll turn it over to Joe to continue the call.

Joseph Nigro -- Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Chris, and good morning, everyone. Today, I'll cover our first quarter results and quarterly financial updates including trailing 12 months ROEs at the utilities and our hedge disclosures. Starting with Slide number 10, we had a strong quarter financially. We earned $0.93 per share on a GAAP basis and $0.87 per share on a non-GAAP basis, which is at the upper end of our guidance range of $0.80 per share to $0.90 per share. Our performance in the quarter was consistent with our expectations, including a positive $0.01 of net benefit around timing of expenses. Exelon utilities delivered a combined $0.56 per share, net of holding company expenditures. Utility earnings were modestly lower than our plan due to O&M timing at ComEd and PECO, which will reverse itself over the course of the year.

Exelon Generation earned $0.30 per share, outperforming plan. This was a result of some realized gains in our nuclear decommissioning trust funds and favorable timing of O&M. We are reaffirming our full year guidance of $3.00 per share to $3.30 per share. For the second quarter, we are providing adjusted operating earnings guidance of $0.55 per share to $0.65 per share.

On slide 11, we show our quarter-over-quarter walk. The $0.87 per share in the first quarter this year was $0.09 per share lower than the first quarter of 2018. Exelon utilities less Holdco earnings were up $0.10 per share compared with last year. This earnings growth is driven primarily by higher rate base, new rates associated with completed rate cases and lower storm costs at PECO and BGE relative to the first quarter of 2018.

Generation earnings were down $0.19 per share compared with last year. The biggest driver was the absence of $0.10 per share of ZEC catch-up payment from 2017 due to the timing of the final Illinois ZEC approvals. Generation was also impacted by lower realized power prices.

Moving on to Slide 12. As Chris mentioned, we celebrated the third anniversary of the merger with PHI in March. We have seen tremendous improvement in PHI's operational performance, customer satisfaction, and relationships with our communities and regulators, which is leading to more constructive outcome. Given our progress on the commitment of our 9% to 10% ROEs across our utilities and the quarterly variability at the individual PHI utilities, depending on rate case timing, we are now consolidating the PHI utilities trailing 12-month ROEs. We have also changed the format of the slide to show the relative size of the aggregate PHI utilities when compared to legacy Exelon utilities and the consolidated Exelon utilities. In total, the PHI utilities represent approximately 26% of our total rate base of $41.2 billion.

On a consolidated basis, the PHI utilities earned a 9.3% ROE for the trailing 12 months. This is a 90-basis point improvement over consolidated 8.4% from the fourth quarter of 2018. The improvement is due to 2018 distribution rate case settlement at both Delmarva and Pepco, favorable transmission revenue from the higher peak load in true-ups, the roll-off of higher storm costs, and favorable O&M timing at Delmarva and Pepco which will reverse over the course of the year. At the legacy Exelon utilities, our earned ROEs are modestly better, largely driven by the roll-off of the March 2018 winter storm costs as well as new rates associated with completed rate cases at PECO and BGE. Including PHI, the combined Exelon utilities have a 10.2% earned ROE which is above our 9% to 10% earned ROE target and 50 basis points higher than last quarter. We remain focused on meeting our utility earnings growth target by maintaining the earned ROEs at PHI and sustaining strong performance at our other utilities.

Turning to Slide 13. Since the last call, the New Jersey, Board of Public Utilities approved Atlantic City Electric settlement agreement, which provides for a $70 million revenue increase. The new rates went into effect on April 1st. In addition, the BPU approved recovery of $96 million of capital over a four-year period through the infrastructure investment program to improve reliability. On April 8th, ComEd filed its annual distribution formula rate update with the Illinois Commerce Commission seeking a $6.4 million decrease to base rate, representing the fourth requested rate reduction, under the formula rate design. We expect to receive an order in the fourth quarter. Pepco Maryland filed its latest rate case in January, requesting a $30 million revenue increase, which has been updated to $27.2 million with the test year updated actuals. The request is based on the continued infrastructure investments to enhance reliability in customer service. We expect to receive an order in the third quarter of this year. More details on the rate cases can be found on Slides 21 through 24 in the appendix.

Turning to Slide 14, during the first quarter, we invested $1.2 billion of capital across the utilities and are on track to meet our $5.3 billion commitment for 2019. These investments will improve the reliability and resiliency of the grid to the benefit of our customers. This quarter, I would like to highlight two projects. The first is the modernization of Pepco's Harrison substation in Washington D.C. This $190 million project will renovate aging infrastructure to more reliably serve important loads including two metro stations. It also expands regional transmission capacity supporting future load growth.

The other project is the second phase of BGE's large gas line replacement program in Baltimore, that will be recovered through STRIDE capital recovery mechanism. The second phase includes $732 million of investment and we will replace approximately 240 miles of gas lines by the end of 2023. Replacing these lines will improve the safety and reliability of the distribution system. During the first phase of the program, BGE replaced 208 miles of gas lines. Since the program started in 2014, STRIDE has created 600 full-time jobs in BGE's service territory.

On Slide 15, we provide our gross margin update and current hedging strategy for the generation company. As a reminder, our disclosure previously reflected planned retirement of TMI and include New Jersey's ZEC revenues. Since last quarter, total gross margin has flattened every year. In 2019, open gross margin decreased by $150 million, primarily due to lower prices at West Hub, New York Zone A and NiHub. During the quarter, we executed $150 million in power new business.

In 2020 and '21 respectively, open gross margin is up $50 million relative to our prior disclosure, primarily on the back of higher power prices at NiHub and New York Zone A which was partially offset by lower ERCOT spark spread. Mark-to-market of hedges were down $50 million due to our hedge position offsetting the increasing gross margin and we executed $50 million of power new business in both years.

Our generation to load matching strategy continues to yield positive results. We ended the quarter 8% to 11% behind ratable in 2020 and 1% to 4% behind ratable in 2021, when considering cross commodity hedges. Our open position is primarily concentrated in the Midwest and Texas. Given the strength of our balance sheet, we are comfortable with our strategy to hold if the market want.

Moving on to Slide 16. We remain committed to maintaining a strong balance sheet and our investment grade credit ratings. As Chris mentioned, our working has been rewarded with credit upgrades at S&P and Fitch in the first quarter. S&P upgraded Exelon's issuer credit rating from -- to BBB-plus from BBB. In addition, all subsidiaries were raised one notch. According to S&P, the rating upgrades reflect the successful execution of our business strategy, which has reduced business risk while maintaining strong financial metrics. Fitch also upgraded Exelon to BBB-plus based on similar reasoning.

Looking at ExGen, we are well ahead of our debt to EBITDA target of 3 times. For 2019, we expect to be AT 2.4 times debt TO EBITDA and 1.9 times debt to EBITDA on a recourse basis.

With that, I will now turn the call back to Chris for his closing marks.

Chris M. Crane -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Joe. Turning to Slide 17. We remain committed to our strategy and are pleased that our consistent execution is being recognized by the rating agencies and others.

I'll close on Exelon's value proposition. We continue to grow our utilities targeting 7.8% rate base growth and between a 6% to 8% earnings growth through 2022. We continue to use free cash from the Genco to fund incremental equity needs at the utilities, pay down debt and fund part of our growing dividend. We will continue to optimize the value of our ExGen business by seeking fair compensation for our zero-emitting generation fleet, selling assets where it makes sense to accelerate debt reduction plans and maximizing value through the generation to load matching strategy of Constellation.

We will sustain strong investment grade credit metrics and grow our dividend annually at 5% through 2020. The strategy underpinning this value proposition is effective and providing tangible benefits to our stakeholders. We remain committed to optimizing the value of our business and earn -- earnings your ongoing support for Exelon.

Operator, we can now turn it over for questions.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

Thank you. (Operator Instructions) And our first question comes from the line of Greg Gordon with Evercore ISI. Your line is now open.

Greg Gordon -- Evercore ISI -- Analyst

Thanks, good morning.

Chris M. Crane -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning, Greg.

Greg Gordon -- Evercore ISI -- Analyst

Two questions. First, can you just give us a little more detail on the status of the bills that relate to energy policy in Illinois? What processes for moving them to vote? And I think you know you intimated that given the pressures on the legislature with regard to other Illinois issues that there might be a chance that this slips from the regular session for the veto session. So, could you just talk through all those issues please?

Chris M. Crane -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. And as you pointed out, there is a lot of activity in the session right now, as the Governor prioritizes all of his issues, a lot of it's focused on the budget and revenue sources. Those bills are moving and being debated, as we discussed. He also has a priority on achieving zero-carbon generation fleet by the 2020-'30 time frame -- to 2030 time frame. So there are numerous energy-related bills to get to that point. Our bill for the FRR, and there's one that's path to 100 and then there's one that's the Clean Jobs Coalition. So we're in the process right now of negotiating with all the bills, so we can come together and provide the legislature with coalition that agrees on many things right now just working through the details. We hope to be done. Meetings are constant. I've met with the leadership of both House and Senate, talking about what we need to do and them showing their support for us going forward. And so we're just going to keep working on it as we always do. If it's not done in the regular session because of the other priorities, we will have it positioned to move through during the veto session, that's the generation bill.

The other bill in Illinois that will affect Exelon is the extension of the ComEd formula rate for 10 years, that bill is proceeding. We've been able to work with stakeholders to gain support and recognition as I mentioned, out of the nine past filings that we made with the formula rate, we've had four rate reductions. So it's very balanced for the consumer, it's very balanced for our investment strategy and we are able to do so in a predictable way to serve our customers. So that's Illinois.

Pennsylvania --

Greg Gordon -- Evercore ISI -- Analyst

Thank you. Sorry, you might as well cover Pennsylvania too, I interrupted you,. I apologize.

Chris M. Crane -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Forget that was (inaudible), so we are going to do it. So, Pennsylvania, as you know, we've been working with the other nuclear operators there to create an alliance to continue and allow those assets to compete in with the other non-emitting assets. The bill continues to garner support and we'll continue to work through that. As we've told folks, we need clarity on this by the end of May or we're going to have to make the final steps and shutdown. We won't be able to adequately procure -- design procure and manufacture fuel for continued operations without that certainty and would not want to make that investment without that. So we'll continue working on it and as you can see the Governor has shown recognition that he wants to have a low-carbon future for the state and all recognize that that cannot be done with the current technology without including the existing nuclear assets. So we'll work -- we'll work on that one and combine with the Illinois effort.

Greg Gordon -- Evercore ISI -- Analyst

Thanks. One other real quick one for Joe, just looking at Slide 19, It looks like the the free cash flow profile mainly at the utility portfolio is lower than you projected, lower now for the year than you projected at year-end by $300 million or so. What's the cause of that because you didn't look -- doesn't look like you've changed your overall guidance for the long-term cash flow profile of the company?

Joseph Nigro -- Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yeah, Greg, you're correct, the variance versus our Q4 disclosure is $300 million lower. It's being driven by increased working capital to utilities and we're funding that with commercial paper. I think it's important to note though from a Genco perspective, on a cash flow profile basis, we're still well in -- we're in line with the forecast that we've provided you on the fourth quarter call, I mean I think that's an important element.

Greg Gordon -- Evercore ISI -- Analyst

Okay. Is that working capital increase sort of a permanent structural issue? Or is that related to things like storms or other things that might flip in future years?

Joseph Nigro -- Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yes, the latter. It's more than just the ongoing business itself. And we had some favorable weather points in the quarter and we took advantage of that from a work basis perspective

Greg Gordon -- Evercore ISI -- Analyst

Okay, thank you.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Julien Patrick Dumoulin-Smith of Bank of America. Your line is now open.

Julien Patrick Dumoulin-Smith -- Bank of America -- Analyst

Hey, good morning, everyone.

Chris M. Crane -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning.

Julien Patrick Dumoulin-Smith -- Bank of America -- Analyst

So just to follow-up a little bit on Greg's question, can you elaborate a little bit on the scenarios around capacity auction participation, particularly if it happens in August, and I'm thinking that given your commentary in the prepared remarks around the timing of Illinois legislation, that it'd be difficult to implement any full FRR or anything else coming out of this Illinois legislation in time for the next upcoming capacity auctions. So I suppose there's a litany of scenarios. How do you think about them particularly if FERC does indeed act around something else, say a partial FRRr, for instance?

Chris M. Crane -- President and Chief Executive Officer

So, we've put our input into FERC that we believe it's very inefficient to execute an auction when with the previous FERC ruling that for PJM to execute an auction in the August time frame with the previous FERC ruling, we actually need to get guidance from FERC on what the construct should be. So we think it should be an April time frame, but FERC feels -- PJM feels like they are compelled to run forward and hopefully we'll hear something from FERC to clarify PJM's letter requesting clarification. The most likely scenario for an FRR in Illinois would be the '23 auction time frame from everything we're looking at. We need to get the legislation passed. We need to have the IPA who we've been working with the Illinois Power Authority be able to build the construct and be able to run it. That estimate is aggressive on our side, but probably about 8 months our folks have been in communications with the IP agency how reasonable that is, and so we'll continue to work down that path, but to run an auction is going to be potentially rejected without clarification, does not seem like the most efficient use of all of our resources at this time.

Julien Patrick Dumoulin-Smith -- Bank of America -- Analyst

Maybe even if it is delayed into 2020, and that is for the '22 auction, how do you think about the choices before you?

Chris M. Crane -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Kathleen, you want to cover it more.

Kathleen L. Baron -- Senior Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy

Sure. Hey Julien, it's Kathleen. As Chris said, we do know that the FRR bill once enacted will take a period of time to implement. The IPA has to write the rules, the ICC has to approve them, then the IPA has to conduct a procurement. And so if the auction is not delayed, there clearly is not enough time for that to occur before the auction if it happens in August. If it happens next April and the bill is enacted this spring, there would be enough time for it to be implemented by, let's say, the auction's delayed to next April. And then the big wild card is what if the -- we don't know what FERC is going to do, and we don't know when the -- exactly when the coalition that Chris mentioned together with the other clean energy packages will come together in Springfield. So we can't really speculate on what would happen because we have a couple of variables that are just unknown at this time.

Julien Patrick Dumoulin-Smith -- Bank of America -- Analyst

All right, fair enough. And then just to follow-up on the business risk improvement and the credit side of the equation, can you comment a little bit more about where you see that going over time in terms of added latitude from (inaudible) perspective and just where you would like to see the credit ratings over time , just perhaps following on some of the recent improvements.

Joseph Nigro -- Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yeah, Julien, first of all, we are happy with the upgrades by both S&P and Fitch and you know, we continue to work to stabilize the earnings and the cash flows in the company. We talked about how we're transitioning to the earnings and cash being driven from the much more regulated outcome and we're really focused on that and we'll continue to manage accordingly and continue to stay close -- work closely with the rating agencies.

Julien Patrick Dumoulin-Smith -- Bank of America -- Analyst

Okay, great, thank you all very much.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Steve Fleishman with Wolfe Research. Your line is now open.

Steve Fleishman -- Wolfe Research -- Analyst

Yeah, hi, good morning. So just -- I guess on Pennsylvania, if obviously something needs to get done there by the end of May to save Three Mile Island, but if it doesn't get done by then, does that -- I mean, could something come back later on for the other plants or is it -- how should we just think about that?

Chris M. Crane -- President and Chief Executive Officer

We don't plan on stopping and the coalition doesn't plan on stopping if the TMI deadline is passed, There are other critical assets in the state that need to be recognized for the Governor's low-carbon future. And so we'll continue to work as hard as we are right now after the end of May for the other reactors in the state. So you got 8 other reactors that are very critical that are highly reliable, but their environmental benefits cannot be replaced with technologies available today without significant cost. So we'll continue to work on it and we believe that we'll end up successful at the end.

Steve Fleishman -- Wolfe Research -- Analyst

Okay. Thank you.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Stephen Byrd with Morgan Stanley. Your line is now open.

Stephen Byrd -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Hi, good morning.

Chris M. Crane -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning.

Joseph Nigro -- Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Good morning.

Stephen Byrd -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Wanted to just drill into the Illinois Clean Energy Progress back to little further, I'm thinking through the procurement process, and I've read through the legislation, what I'm trying to understand that the procurement process in terms of the clean bundled capacity, is it possible to talk a little bit more about the generation that would be eligible, the mix of energy that would be procured, I'm thinking about in zero-carbon versus renewables, just to make sure I understand the nature of the clean bundled capacity that's going to be procured under this legislation, if it passes?

Chris M. Crane -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Kathleen, you want to go through that?

Kathleen L. Baron -- Senior Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy

Yes, thank you, Stephen. The way that we have envisioned this is that the state would be able to conduct a clean energy procurement as you said and that any zero-carbon resources to be allowed to compete to provide that capacity, and as you know, the bill is not specific about the exact timetable or there are other details that we believe are important including how prices will be overseen by the IPA and the reason for that is that -- the reason the Future Energy Jobs Act was so successful is it brought together a number of parties together toward a common future and what's exciting about this is that this FRR concept is integral to all the other clean energy bills that are being considered right now because everyone appreciates that, it's that exact authority letting the IPA conduct a clean energy capacity procurement and then having the ability to set its course toward a zero-carbon future, will give it more flexibility than it has under current market rules where every asset gets the same capacity payment whether it's emitting or non-emitting. So we have left some room to have that discussion among other stakeholders to make sure that we have the right group who are supporting it, and, as Chris said at the top of the call between the Clean Jobs Coalition including this in their bill, the consumer advocates see the tremendous benefit associated with this, we think that's a winning combination.

Stephen Byrd -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

That's extremely helpful. Just as a follow-up there. In terms of the state's overall energy mix in terms of clean energy versus fossil, I know there is an objective to move toward clean energy over time, what would that energy mix broadly look like over time, how should we think about that evolution in the state?

Chris M. Crane -- President and Chief Executive Officer

So you're starting to operate now with 60% of the generation statewide being zero-carbon emitting, 90% of that statewide is nuclear. The concept that Kathleen talked about is we would in the ComEd zone currently we can account for a 100% carbon-free, but we would have a transition period where you would have the carbon-free assets bidding in at a greater percentage each year or being taken as a greater percentage each year as you build into 2030 when the procurement would become a 100% carbon-free. And those details, the finite details there will have to be worked out, but that's the concept.

Stephen Byrd -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

That's super helpful and that's all I had. Thank you.

Chris M. Crane -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Jonathan Arnold with Deutsche Bank. Your line is open.

Jonathan Arnold -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

Good morning, guys.

Chris M. Crane -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Hey.

Jonathan Arnold -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

Could I just -- just coming back to Illinois and the discussion about timing. If I understand you correctly, the ability to implement the FRR for the next auction should the next auction happen in April, that would only be the case, if it passes in the spring. Am I right about that?

Chris M. Crane -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes.

Jonathan Arnold -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

Okay. And so to that, I mean, Chris, what exactly are you saying about the spring session. Are you -- you said you are optimistic in your prepared remarks about this year, and I just wasn't clear in the previous answer if you're saying you think we're more likely in the veto session or do you think you're still kind of in play for the spring depending on how things go?

Chris M. Crane -- President and Chief Executive Officer

We are working with the coalitions as hard as we can to have something presentable to the legit -- that's the legislature supports to move in the spring. But what I've cautioned in our road shows and on the calls previously, there is a very aggressive legislative agenda in Illinois this spring, they are talking about a graduated tax legislation that is needed to pass for constitutional amendment and the 2020 election, the work on legalization of recreational marijuana, the work on the gambling and the sporting issues to continue to increase revenue. Those are the top three priorities. We come after that. We need to be ready to be able to tell our story, communicate and have that coalition that we're building endorsing where we're heading. But we need to be realistic. We do think if it doesn't happen in the spring, we'll be ready to move it in the -- a veto session in the fall.

Jonathan Arnold -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

Okay, great. So you're not saying it's impossible. You're just making us aware of the priorities and the pullback on the fall.

Chris M. Crane -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Right.

Jonathan Arnold -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

Okay. And then just one other thing I wanted to ask on the Slide 10, you call out the NDT realized gains was one of the driver in ExGen versus guidance, but it doesn't show up as a, -- factor in the waterfall. So could you -- any chance you guys could quantify that piece and sort of explain that discrepancy there?

Joseph Nigro -- Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yes. The waterfall you're looking at a year-over-year change and the NDT gains in the each of the years was roughly the same.

Jonathan Arnold -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

Okay.

Joseph Nigro -- Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

So there would be no delta on the waterfall.

Jonathan Arnold -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

Got it. Roughly -- roughly how much, Joe, if you are willing to share?

Joseph Nigro -- Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

$0.02 -- it's $0.02 a share.

Jonathan Arnold -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

Okay, great. Thank you.

Operator

That is all the time we have for questions today. I will now turn the call over to Chris Crane, President and CEO of Exelon, for closing comments.

Chris M. Crane -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you all for participating in call today. I think we're off to a very good start for the year. And so with that, we'll close the call out. Thanks again.

Operator

This concludes today's conference call. You may now disconnect.

Duration: 45 minutes

Call participants:

Daniel L. Eggers -- Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance

Chris M. Crane -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Joseph Nigro -- Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Greg Gordon -- Evercore ISI -- Analyst

Julien Patrick Dumoulin-Smith -- Bank of America -- Analyst

Kathleen L. Baron -- Senior Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy

Steve Fleishman -- Wolfe Research -- Analyst

Stephen Byrd -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Jonathan Arnold -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

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