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New York PSC Approves Ravenswood Energy Storage Project

LCG, October 18, 2019--The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday approved construction of the largest battery storage facility in New York State history. The 316-MW Ravenswood Energy Storage Project will be built in Long Island City, Queens, New York and scheduled to be partially operational by March 2021.

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Xcel Energy, EVRAZ North America and Lightsource BP Announce 250-MW Solar Project in Colorado

LCG, October 1, 2019--Xcel Energy, EVRAZ North America and Lightsource BP announced Friday that they have reached a long-term agreement to develop a 240-MW solar facility in Colorado. Lightsource BP will finance, build, own and operate the Bighorn Solar project and sell all the electricity it generates to Xcel Energy under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA). The project will be built on EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel property in Pueblo, making it the largest on-site solar facility dedicated to a single customer in the country.

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Emera to Sell Three Combined-Cycle Power Plants in New England

LCG, November 29, 2018 --Emera Inc., headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, announced this week that it has agreed to sell three natural gas-fired electric generating facilities that it owns in New England to the investment firm Carlyle Group for $590 million. The combined electric generating capacity of the three facilities is approximately 1,100 MW. The acquisition is expected to close in first quarter 2019.

The transaction includes three combined-cycle power plants: the Bridgeport Energy facility (560 MW) in Bridgeport, Connecticut; the Tiverton Power facility (283 MW) in Tiverton, Rhode Island; and the Rumford Power facility (265 MW) in Rumford, Maine. Emera previously acquired the facilities in 2013.

The President and CEO of Emera stated, "This transaction, part of the three-year funding plan we introduced during our third quarter earnings results, increases Emera's financing flexibility to capitalize on our regulated growth opportunities today and in the future. Our New England facilities delivered solid financial results during the five years of our ownership, and distinguished themselves with industry leading safety and operational performance. I want to thank our dedicated teams whose expertise and commitment produced those achievements. The Carlyle Group is highly regarded in the industry and well positioned to lead these facilities to continued success."

The Carlyle Group Managing Director and Head of Carlyle Power Partners stated, "Through this acquisition, Carlyle Power Partners will increase its generation capacity in the attractive New England market, making us one of the largest owners of power generation facilities in the region. We look forward to leveraging our existing market knowledge to create additional value for Bridgeport Energy, Tiverton Power and Rumford Power, building on their already strong track records of operational excellence."

Cogentrix, The Carlyle Group's management platform in the power generation space, will assume asset management, operations and maintenance and energy management responsibilities for the portfolio. Cogentrix currently manages Carlyle Power Partners' fleet of power plants in the Northeast, which totals approximately 1,400 MW.

The transaction is subject to the regulatory approvals of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and under the provisions of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Act.
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