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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Industry News

Additional Rate Increase Possible from BPA

LCG, Jan. 31, 2003--Despite rate increases scheduled to reach 50 percent within months, the Bonneville Power Administration, the federal agency that has historically been a provider of inexpensive power in the Northwest, is projected to impose additional surcharges because of low liquidity and poor hydro conditions.

The administrator Steven Wright is expected to announce a rate increase as early as next week. Last year, rate reductions (less significant increases) had been seen as a possibility.

The agency's budget deficit is approaching $1.5 billion, with cash reserves having fallen $613 million during the past two years. The BPA will continue to pay investor-owned utilities $1.4 billion through 2006 rather than deliver power they were due, and buys power it cannot produce itself through long-term contracts, at a cost above current market prices. Due to shortfalls in output by hydropower generation, revenue has been reduced by $250 million.

The long-term power supply contracts BPA entered as a buyer during 2000, when many customers looked to buy from BPA under their own long-term contracts, were not priced as high as they could have been, considering the spot market at that time. The BPA's inability to deliver power to large utilities, however, means that those utilities can use the money BPA pays them to keep rates low, while BPA's rates have climbed.
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