The ERCOT region remains a living example of how to make a successful transition to restructured wholesale and retail markets for electricity. At the same time, the market continues to witness...
recently announced the acquisition of land from the Fargo Wind Project from Suncor Energy and a nearby wind project development from Northland Power .
DeWind Co , a wholly owned subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering , acquired the rights for the 20-MW Frisco wind project, located in the northern-most portion of Hansford County, Texas, from local developer Distributed Wind Systems. DeWind will install 10 of its 2-MW D8.2 wind turbines at the Frisco site, which is scheduled to be in commercial operation by the end of 2011. The D8.2 turbines will be furnished from DeWind assembly contractor TECO-Westinghouse located in Round Rock, Texas.
PPL completed its acquisition of the Central Networks electricity distribution business, the second-largest such business in the United Kingdom. PPL, through a U.K. subsidiary, acquired Central Networks from E.ON UK plc for $5.7 billion in cash, inclusive of certain permitted pre-closing adjustments, and $800 million of existing public debt to be assumed through consolidation. To complete closing, PPL used acquisition financing under a syndicated bridge facility arranged by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse. The permanent financing plan includes a combination of common stock, equity units and debt. PPL expects to complete the permanent equity financing in the second quarter of 2011 and the debt financing by the end of the year.
The boards of directors of Exelon and Constellation Energy agreed to combine the two companies in a stock-for-stock transaction. Under the terms of the transaction, Constellation investors would receive the equivalent of $38.59 a share, about an 18-percent premium. The combined entity would have a market value of roughly $34 billion. The resulting company would retain the Exelon name and be headquartered in Chicago. Exelon’s power marketing business (Power Team) and Constellation’s retail and wholesale business would be consolidated under the Constellation brand and be headquartered in Baltimore. Both companies’ renewable energy businesses also would be headquartered in Baltimore, and the three utilities within the new Exelon—BGE, ComEd and PECO—would remain standalone organizations.