H2O Power LP, the owner of 10 hydroelectric generating stations with 170 MW of capacity located in Canada and the U.S. and majority-owned by PSP Investments, recently announced that as part of its ongoing growth strategy, it acquired a 100% ownership interest in two run-of-river hydroelectric facilities located in Pennsylvania, 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 Pennsylvania-Jersey-Maryland (PJM) power market. The assets are interconnected into the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO).
H2O acquired the Allegheny 8 & 9 facilities from the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments), who 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.
Jim Gartshore, President of H2O, said:
“We are delighted with this acquisition, which represents H2O’s first foray into the U.S. market. 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 the Allegheny 8 & 9 facilities are sold to New York State Electric & Gas Corporation under a long-term power purchase agreement. In addition, the projects sell Renewable Energy Credits in Maryland as Class I qualified facilities.