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According to Chambers USA (2016), Bracewell’s power practice features some of the “premier lawyers in the utility M&A world,” who have represented clients in some of the largest utility transactions in recent years.  These include acquisitions and dispositions of utilities and interests in utilities, electric generating facilities and large portfolios of such assets, involving fossil and renewable energy facilities, transmission facilities and similar “utility-type” properties. In addition, Bracewell regularly advises numerous clients about environmental and regulatory issues facing utilities.

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American Electric Power Company — through six of its utility operating companies, negotiation and drafting of 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with third party wind power project developers for more than 1,300 MW of renewable wind energy generated in West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas

Duke Energy Corporation — $2.8 billion sale of its Midwest merchant generation business to a subsidiary of Dynegy Inc., which includes ownership interests in 11 power plants with a total capacity of approximately 6,100 MW, as well as Duke’s competitive retail electric and gas business; Platts Global Energy Awards, 2015 Strategic Deal of the Year

Entergy Corporation — $459 million acquisition of the Hinds Energy Facility, a 450 MW natural-gas fired power generation facility, and the Hot Spring Energy Facility, a 620 MW natural-gas fired power generation facility, from subsidiaries of KGen Power Corporation

Entergy Corporation — $948 million agreement to purchase the Union Power Station from Union Power Partners, L.P.

Entergy Louisiana LLC — build-and-sale agreement to acquire the Washington Parish Energy Center, a 361 MW natural gas-fueled electrical generation plant in Bogalusa, Louisiana, from Washington Parish Energy Center One, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Calpine Corporation

Great Plains Energy Inc. — revised stock-for-stock merger of equals transaction with Westar Energy, Inc., creating a company with a combined equity value of approximately $14 billion, and with nearly 13,000 MW of generation capacity and more than 51,000 miles of distribution lines

Great Plains Energy Incorporated — revised stock-for-stock merger of equals transaction with Westar Energy, Inc., creating a company with a combined equity value of approximately $14 billion, and with nearly 13,000 MW of generation capacity and more than 51,000 miles of distribution lines

Hydro One Limited — $5.3 billion proposed acquisition of Avista Corporation in an all-cash transaction (now terminated)

Integrys Energy Group, Inc. — $298 million sale of 100 percent of the stock of Upper Peninsula Power Company to Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Partners L.P.

La Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec — investment of up to approximately $593 million in AES US Investments, Inc. and IPALCO Enterprises, Inc., subsidiaries of The AES Corporation and parent companies of Indianapolis Power & Light Company, for an aggregate direct and indirect interest in IPALCO of up to 30 percent

Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation — asset sale of the 67 MW Allegany generation facility in the New York Independent System Operator grid to Alliance Energy, New York LLC and related Section 203 approvals

Tenaska Inc. — development, project financing, offtake and purchase agreements with Brownsville Public Utilities Board for construction of a 800 MW natural gas-fueled combined cycle electric generation station in Brownsville, Texas

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FERC Issues Transmission Notices of Inquiry Focused on Return on Equity and Transmission Incentives

On Thursday, March 21, 2019, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) issued two Notices of Inquiry (“NOIs”). One NOI focuses on FERC’s approach to determining the Return on Equity (“ROE”) for FERC jurisdictional electric transmission and cost-based wholesale power rates (“ROE Inquiry”)...

FERC Revises Interlocking Directorate Reporting Requirements

A February 21, 2019 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) order updated certain FERC interlocking directorate requirements (“Order”).[1]  More detailed background information on FERC’s interlocking directorate requirements is provided below, but in short, these requirements apply to the officers and directors...

Holmstead Testimony on NSR Reform

February 14, 2018

 On February 14, Environmental Strategies Partner Jeff Holmstead testified before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on the need to reform EPA’s New Source Review (NSR) program. As the former head of EPA’s Air Office, Holmstead argues that thoughtful reform can preserve the benefits of the NSR program while substantially reducing the burden that it imposes on U.S. industry. 

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