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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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Investment Banks Entering into More Energy Trading

LCG, June 3, 2004--Electricity, oil and natural gas are appearing on the balance sheets of an increasing number of New York-based investment banks, as they try to help clients overcome weakened credit ratings as well as profit from volatility in the prices of those commodities.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Citigroup Inc. has added oil specialists to its ranks, while Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley have signed contracts that they are backing up with acquisitions of fuels and electricity. They are trading on the commodities, and making markets for industries with large fuel consumption, such as airlines, as well as for speculative traders such as hedge funds.

TXU Corp. has entered into a joint venture with Credit Suisse First Boston, which has a stronger credit rating, to trade natural gas and electric power. Such partnerships may increase in number as investment banks seek to enter businesses different from their traditional roles, and energy companies recover from their aggressive capital outlays to build power plants a few years ago.
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