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Tokyo-based Electric Power Subsidiary partners with AP Solar in 400 MW Texas Solar Project

LCG, August 6, 2020—J-Power USA Development Co, a subsidiary of the Electric Power Development Co. headquartered in Tokyo, has joined a joint venture to develop a 400 MW Texas solar project.

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Texas Solar Project Sold to CIP

LCG, July 31, 2020—An affiliate of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners has completed purchase of a 350 MW solar photovoltaic project near the Houston metro area from Solar Plus Development Inc. and Avondale Solar.

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CPUC Won't Deal with Bond Issue Today

LCG, Sept. 20, 2001--The California Public Utilities Commission was scheduled to act today on eliminating the electricity customer's option to choose his own supplier but said it would not deal with the way the state's Department of Water Resources services and repays debt incurred by the pending $12.5 billion bond issue.

Tabling the bond issue deliberations further imperils the state's ability to bring the issue to market by October 31, a deadline set by state Treasurer Phil Angelides.

CPUC Commissioner Jeff Brown said at a news conference yesterday that it could take up to 45 days to decide on the water agency's "revenue requirement," the amount of money the CDWR would need to take off the top of electric customer payments to pay interest and principal on the bonds.

Also interested in the water agency's revenue requirement is bankrupt utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co., which has vowed to go to court if it feels that its customers are asked to bear a disproportionately large share of the bond debt.

Angelides has said that a long, drawn-out lawsuit could torpedo the bond issue, which is needed to repay the state's general fund for $11 billion on power already purchased and used and another $43 billion in long-term power purchase contracts that extend over -- and perhaps beyond -- the next decade.

Today, the CPUC is expected to reverse a provision of the California electric deregulation law that allows customers to purchase power from non-utility suppliers. State officials fear that keeping customer choice offers industrial customers a way to buy power from new suppliers and dodge paying for the emergency power supplies already purchased by the water agency.

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