If Eni goes ahead with the auction, the business could attract private equity firms and utility companies, sources said.
Tuesday’s surprising move by the court is a blow to Obama and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and industry opponents.
The fine covers violations that Duke Energy admitted when it pleaded guilty to federal pollution crimes nine months ago and agreed to pay $102 million in fines and restitution, the state Department of Environmental Quality said.
Two hurdles for the projects could delay NRG’s plans indefinitely, however.
North Carolina-based Duke, which is the nation’s top power generator, currently runs its Central and South American power plants from Houston.
On a percentage basis the largest gains are expected to come in solar energy, which is anticipated to grow 28 percent.
The justices ruled 6-2 on Monday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had the authority to issue directives aimed at conserving energy and preventing blackouts.
Exxon Mobil Corp. believes the world’s energy demand will grow 25 percent by 2040 and that a third of its fuel will come from oil, even as natural gas outpaces coal to become the world’s No. 2 resource.
As more countries begin to implement plans to reach climate goals agreed to in Paris last year, the global solar industry will again accelerate to about 20 percent annual growth over the next few years.
The plan has been challenged by more than two dozen mostly Republican-led states and allied business and industry groups tied to fossil fuels.