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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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Weather Derivatives See Growth in Volume

LCG, June 6, 2003--While the typical values of weather derivative contracts are typically one-third what they were a couple of years ago, the number of such deals has increased to approximately three times the volume seen a year ago, according to a recent study by PrcineWaterhouseCoopers for the Weather Risk Management Association.

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange handled 7,000 weather transactions based on its weather derivatives contract, with Wolverine Trading acting as market maker. Typically, conditions that determine which participant pays the other are either temperature, precipitation, wind or sun exposure. For example, a farmer whose crop might suffer from extreme heat might be paid by a counterparty such as a natural gas trader who can make higher profits when more air-conditioning is needed. The payment would be reversed if conditions were cool rather than hot.

Whereas many of the most active participants in weather derivatives used to be trading enterprises, they have since been supplanted by regulated utilities and banks.
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