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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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Rising Profile of Coal Underlined by Private Equity

LCG, June 15, 2004--Several private equity firms have bought U.S. assets of a German holding company, RAG Coal International AG, for approximately $1 billion, to form a new company, American Coal Holdings Inc., which will be the fourth-largest coal company in the U.S.

The announcement of the deal in late May by First Reserve Corp., Blackstone Group, and American Metals & Coal International Inc., gives First Reserve and Blackstone 42.% stakes each in the company, while American Metals will own the remainder, without voting privileges.

The assets include mines in Wyoming, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Illinois, from which approximately 65 million tons are produced annually. The U.S. accounts for approximately one-quarter of global coal supply, while the price of the fuel in the U.S. has risen about 50%, after a sustained rise in natural gas prices, as well as in oil.

Blackstone has made previous inroads into the energy sector, with previous purchases of stakes in both an oil firm and a petroleum refinery. First Reserve has already bought into a mining company and an owner of coal reserves.
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