Algonquin to acquire U.S. wind farm interests from Gamesa

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (TSX: AQN) announced Nov. 28 that a subsidiary of its renewable power business Algonquin Power Co. (APCo) has entered into an agreement to acquire the remaining 40% of a 400-MW wind power portfolio in the U.S.

The buy is from Gamesa Wind US LLC for total consideration of about US$117m.

Algonquin 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 (200 MW), Senate (150 MW), and Sandy Ridge (50 MW) – which are 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. 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,” said CEO 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.”

Algonquin Power & Utilities owns and operates a diversified portfolio of regulated and non-regulated utilities in North America. 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.

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