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Fortnightly Magazine - June 2011

was also the founder and CEO of RETX, a demand response technology firm, which has since been acquired by Schneider Electric. He served as chairman of Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) and formed a global demand response initiative in conjunction with the International Energy Agency (IEA).


Google and subsidiaries of ITOCHU and Sumitomo joined GE Energy Financial Services and developer and managing member Caithness Energy as owners of the 845-MW Shepherds Flat wind project under construction near Arlington, Ore. The three new participants are investing approximately $500 million in the $2 billion project. The Shepherds Flat wind project stretches across 30 square miles of Gilliam and Morrow Counties in north-central Oregon.

Lincoln Renewable Energy (LRE) closed a $41 million power sale and project finance deal with Macquarie Energy. As part of the deal, Macquarie will enter a long-term purchase agreement for power and renewable energy credits from LRE’s New Jersey Oak solar project, and Macquarie will provide construction financing and term debt. LRE will be the long-term owner of the facility. Quanta Services is building the plant and providing O&M services under an EPC contract. The New Jersey Oak solar project is a 10-MW PV project to be constructed in Fairfield Township, Cumberland County. The project will consist of some 55,000 solar panels constructed on a 100-acre site and will connect to Atlantic City Electric’s distribution system when it’s completed late in 2011.

Ioxus Inc . received $21 million from Energy Technology Ventures, a GE-NRG Energy-ConocoPhillips joint venture; Northwater Capital through its Northwater Intellectual Property Fund; Aster Capital (representing Alstom, Schneider Electric and Rhodia); and return investor Braemar Energy Ventures. Ioxus will use this funding to develop its technology and expand sales, marketing and manufacturing to meet growing demand for ultracapacitors.

Calico Energy Services received financial backing from Point B Capital and engaged the services of Point B, a management consulting firm that specializes in strategic execution. The investment provides capital to accelerate the company’s growth, and will allow Calico to use Point B’s leadership and management consulting services.

Nexamp acquired SolVera Energy as part of an initiative to grow its utility-scale and distributed renewable energy business. The company also formed into two new business units, Renewable Energy Solutions and Clean Energy Advisory Services, which is focused on energy efficiency consulting services for commercial and industrial customers.

Pattern Energy partnered with Samsung Renewable Energy to acquire wind power projects in Ontario from Acciona and Boralex. These projects will be combined with Pattern and Samsung’s larger South Kent Wind Farm, which is under development. The 270 MW wind farm is located in the Regional Municipality of Chatham-Kent. Samsung and its partners have an agreement with the Province of Ontario to provide 2,500 MW of new renewable energy. The first phase involves 400 MW of wind power and 100 MW of solar power. The companies secured dedicated transmission capacity for these initial projects. Pattern and Samsung agreed to develop more than 500 MW of wind power using Ontario-made wind turbine components from the new factories in Tillsonburg and in Windsor.

Pattern and Samsung