CAPITAL BUDGETING CRITERIA ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS

An electric utility is consider- ing a new power plant in

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CAPITAL BUDGETING CRITERIA: ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS An electric utility is consider- ing a new power plant in

northern Arizona. Power from the plant would be sold in the Phoenix area, where it is badly needed. Because the firm has received a permit, the plant would be legal; but it would cause some air pollution. The company could spend an additional $40 million at Year 0 to mitigate the environmental problem, but it would not be required to do so. The plant without mitigation would cost $240 million, and the expected cash inflows would be $80 million per year for 5 years. If the firm does invest in mitigation, the annual inflows would be $84 million. Unemployment in the area where the plant would be bui is high, and the plant would provide about 350 good jobs. The risk-adjusted WACC is 17%.

a. Calculate the NPV and IRR with and without mitigation.

b. How should the environmental effects be dea with when evaluating this project?

c. Should this project be undertaken? If so, should the firm do the mitigation? Why or why not?

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