A company that has a taxpayer-guaranteed loan may be entering bankruptcy. Will taxpayers have to pay?
Spanish energy giant Abengoa has taken preliminary steps that could lead to bankruptcy filing.
Of relevance to Kansas — and the country at large — is the Abengoa cellulosic ethanol plant near Hugoton. That plant received a $132.4 million loan guarantee from the United States government under the same program that benefited Solyndra. That company cost taxpayers over $500 million when it defaulted on its taxpayer-guaranteed loan.
Does a bankruptcy filing by Abengoa place U.S. taxpayers on the hook for the company’s guaranteed loan? If so, are taxpayers liable for the entire $132.4 million or some smaller portion?
The answer is this: We don’t know. I’ve asked, but have not received an answer.
In January I requested documents regarding the Abengoa loan guarantee and risk assessment from the United States Department of Energy. There is an agreement as to what I would receive, or at least what I am requesting to receive. But I’ve received nothing so far. I don’t know if the document will be made available to me in its entirety, or will it be redacted so much as to be useless. I also don’t know what the cost, if any, will be. As of my last inquiry, the Department of Energy is working on my request.
Following, reporting from the Wall Street Journal. It mentions “debt-fueled expansion,” some of which is a liability of the U.S. taxpayer.
Spain’s Abengoa Files for Creditor Protection
The company’s debt-fueled expansion in the boom years is handicapping growth today
MADRID — Spanish renewable energy and engineering firm Abengoa SA said on Wednesday that it is filing for preliminary creditor protection, an initial step that could lead to the largest bankruptcy case in the country’s history.
The potential demise of Abengoa is an extreme example of a Spanish company whose debt-fueled expansion during the country’s boom years has handicapped its ambitions for growth today.
The company is one of the world’s top builders of power lines transporting energy across Latin America and a top engineering and construction business, making massive renewable-energy power plants in places from Kansas to the U.K.
Continue reading at Wall Street Journal.