H2O Power buys two hydroelectric facilities in Pennsylvania

H2O Power LP announced Feb. 11 that it has acquired a 100% ownership interest in two run-of-river hydroelectric facilities located in Pennsylvania, called Allegheny 8 (13.6 MW) and Allegheny 9 (17.9 MW).

The two projects comprise 31.5 MW of baseload nameplate capacity located on the Allegheny River in Armstrong and Indian counties, Pennsylvania, within the PJM Interconnection market. The assets are interconnected into the New York ISO system.

H2O acquired these facilities from the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (“PSP Investments”), which had purchased them in May 2015 with the intent to sell them to H2O, its North American hydro platform. The terms of the transaction between H2O and PSP Investments were not disclosed.

“We are delighted with this acquisition, which represents H2O’s first foray into the U.S. market,” said Jim Gartshore, President of H2O. “The Allegheny 8 & 9 facilities are an excellent fit within H2O’s existing portfolio of hydroelectric generating assets. We look forward to leveraging our 24/7 control center and expertise in managing run-of-river hydroelectric facilities to optimize power generation.”

The Allegheny 8 & 9 facilities together generate approximately 200 GWh of clean electricity annually. The capacity and energy generated by these facilities are sold to New York State Electric & Gas under a long-term power purchase agreement. In addition, the projects sell Renewable Energy Credits in Maryland as Class I qualified facilities.

H2O owns 10 hydroelectric stations housing 52 generators, representing 170 MW of capacity located in Canada and the U.S. H2O is majority-owned by PSP Investments, one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers with over C$112 billion in assets under management as of Sept. 30, 2015, and minority-owned by BluEarth Renewables Inc., a Canadian independent renewable power producer that builds, owns and operates wind, run-of-river hydroelectric and solar generation projects across North America.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.