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generation related assets in Maine and New Hampshire through FPL Energy Maine Hydro, to Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners. The sale valued the assets at $760 million, and included $700 million of existing non-recourse project debt.
Dominion acquired a solar energy development project from Smart Energy Capital and Jacoby Development . The Azalea PV facility, near Augusta in east-central Georgia, is planned to produce 7.7 MW (AC) of capacity. Dominion expects to select a contractor and oversee project construction. Cobb Electric Membership Corp. agreed to purchase the output under a 25-year agreement, with startup scheduled for December 2013. Financial details weren’t disclosed.
Sempra U.S. Gas & Power sold one 625-MW block of its 1,250-MW Mesquite gas-fired power plant to Salt River Project (SRP) for $371 million. In addition to 100-percent ownership of the 625-MW power block, SRP gained a 50-percent undivided interest in plant facilities. Sempra retains ownership of the plant’s remaining 625-MW power block and 50-percent interest in the plant facilities. SRP becomes the operator of the Mesquite facility.
IBM was selected to operate Independent Electricity System Operator Ontario’s meter data management and repository (MDMR) system with new computing infrastructure and an updated operating environment. The five-year, $68.5 million contract includes options to extend to seven or 10 years. Under the agreement, IBM will develop the overall performance of the MDMR through new computing and networking infrastructure, disaster recovery capabilities, and operational improvements to reduce risk and costs.
Commonwealth Utilities Corp. (CUC) in Saipan ordered two-way electric meters with Nighthawk communications technology. The meters are expected to enable a pre-paid metering system to improve collections and cash flow. CUC also expects the meters’ voltage monitoring to provide better information about system status in remote locations.
EVs & Storage
Sempra U.S. Gas & Power , BP Wind Energy and community leaders dedicated the new Auwahi wind facility on Ulupalakua Ranch in Hawaii. The 21-MW Auwahi Wind facility is BP and Sempra’s first alternative energy venture in Hawaii. The project features a 4.4-MWh grid battery system, which at its peak can sustain 11 MW of capacity for 25 minutes, helping to regulate and sustain power to Maui Electric Co.’s grid during light wind conditions.
McKim & Creed, an engineering, geospatial sciences, and planning firm, appointed Tom Kellogg as market sector leader for the power industry.