Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. Announces Further Investment in U.S. Wind Generation
OAKVILLE, ON, Nov. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. ("APUC") (TSX: AQN) today announced that a subsidiary of APUC's renewable power generation business Algonquin Power Co. ("APCo") has entered into an agreement to acquire the remaining 40% of the 400 MW wind power portfolio (the "Projects") in the United States from Gamesa Wind US, LLC ("Gamesa") for total consideration of approximately US$117 million.
APUC currently holds a 60% controlling interest in the Projects which were originally acquired through a newly formed partnership whose original members included APCo, Gamesa and certain tax equity investors. The 400 MW wind portfolio consists of three facilities, Minonk (200MW), Senate (150MW), and Sandy Ridge (50MW) located in the states of Illinois, Texas, and Pennsylvania, respectively.
APUC has been the majority owner and manager of the Projects since 2012 when commercial operation was achieved, therefore no additional ongoing management or administrative costs are expected to be incurred. Gamesa will continue to provide operations, warranty and maintenance services for the wind turbines and balance of plant facilities under 20 year contracts.
Funding of the acquisition is expected to be consistent with APUC's targeted investment grade consolidated capital structure of approximately 50% equity, 50% debt. The acquisition is expected to close early in 2014 following regulatory approvals.
Substantially all of the energy from the Projects is sold under fixed price power sales contracts including long term hedge agreements with a remaining weighted average life of 11 years; ancillary services including capacity and renewable energy credits are contracted into the energy markets in which the facilities are located.
"The U.S. power markets provide tremendous opportunities for further growth in our power generation portfolio as our investment in these wind farms has demonstrated", commented Chief Executive Officer Ian Robertson. "We have been pleased with the performance of these assets over the past year and the acquisition of the balance of these three wind generating facilities adds additional accretive, low risk earnings and cash flow to APUC".
About Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.
Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. owns and operates a diversified $3.2 billion portfolio of regulated and non-regulated utilities in North America. The company's regulated utility business is committed to provide water, electricity and natural gas utility services to over 470,000 customers through a nationwide portfolio of regulated generation, transmission and distribution utility systems. The company's non-regulated electric generation subsidiary owns or has interests in renewable energy and thermal energy facilities representing more than 1,100 MW of installed capacity. Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. delivers continuing growth through an expanding pipeline of renewable power and clean energy projects, organic growth within its regulated utilities and the pursuit of accretive acquisition opportunities. Common shares and preferred shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols AQN and AQN.PR.A respectively. Visit Algonquin Power and Utilities at www.AlgonquinPowerandUtilities.com and follow us on Twitter @AQN_Utilities.
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