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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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El Paso Corp. Settles for $20 Million over Reported Trades

LCG, March 27, 2003After a federal investigation, the electricity trading subsidiary of El Paso Corporation has agreed to pay $20 million.

El Paso Corp.s Merchant Energy will pay $10 million now and $10 million over a three years, according to the settlement made with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. However, the corporation continues to deny that it participated in illegal activities.

El Paso first allegedly discovered the reporting of a false trade in November of last year. Later, the company announced finding several additional false or inaccurate price reports but also noted those responsible were no longer employed with the company.

Other corporations have faced scrutiny for similar manipulative reporting allegations. Dynegy settled for $5 million in December over allegations that its traders had reported inaccurately. Williams Cos., CMS Energy, and American Electric Power Co. have also reported finding fake trades during internal investigations.

El Paso Corporation is the countrys largest natural gas company. Its trading unit Merchant Energy is slated to be shut down as the company is reorganizing and selling off some of its assets.

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