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Duke closes Piedmont acquisition; Empire/Algonquin deal clears another hurdle

has completedits $6.7 billion acquisition of Piedmont Natural Gas Co. Inc. The Oct. 3 announcementcomes days after the North Carolina Utilities Commission an order Sept. 29 approving themerger.

Theparent company of Energy FutureHoldings Corp.'s generation and retail businesses consummated itsreorganization plan Oct. 3 and emerged from Chapter 11, according to a federalfiling.

TheArkansas Public Service Commission on Sept. 28 approved a settlement that willallow Algonquin Power &Utilities Corp. to acquire Empire District Electric Co. in an all-cash deal valuedat $2.4 billion.

CreditSightsweighed in on the debate about the future of FirstEnergy Corp.'s generation business, with analystsopining that the company is "incredibly unlikely" to sell or spinFirstEnergy SolutionsCorp.

Despitereportedly withdrawing its bid for TerraForm Power Inc., Brookfield Renewable Partners LP may not be giving upmuch in the way of growth, as it looks to unload certain assets and recyclethat capital into development stage projects worldwide.

FERCon Sept. 28 cleared NRG RenewLLC's proposed acquisition of interests in certain assets underdevelopment in Utah. NRG Renew is an NRG Energy Inc. subsidiary.

GreenkoEnergy Holdings has confirmed that it struck a deal to acquire an approximately 390-MWportfolio of solar and wind assets in India from , the Business Standard reported Oct. 3.

Floridaregulators Oct. 3 approved Florida Power & Light Co.'s request to a 330-MW coalplant, with plans to retire it and exit a costly power contract. FPL is aNextEra Energy Inc.subsidiary.

has wonFERC approval to acquire a 215-MW portfolio of hydro facilities fromAlcoa Power GeneratingInc. for an undisclosed sum. Cube Hydro Carolinas is an affiliate of .

, asubsidiary of 8point3 EnergyPartners LP, has completed the acquisition of a 49% stake in the planned102-MW Henrietta solar project in Kings County, Calif.

FERChas approved Energy CapitalPartners LLC's proposed sale of the 850.5-MW Broad River dual-fuel, simple-cyclefacility in South Carolina to Noonan Acquisition Co. LLC.

Oslo-headquarteredScatec Solar ASA hasdecided to exit the U.S. solar power development market after agreeing tosell the 104-MWDC Red Hills Park solar facility in Utah to a Macquarie Infrastructure Corp. subsidiary.

a potential 360-MWwind project from Guymon, Okla.-headquartered for an undisclosedamount.

FERChas given final blessing to NextEra Energy Resources LLC to its ownership interests intwo natural gas-fired plants in Pennsylvania.

TheCity of Boulder, Colo., filed a new application with state regulators askingfor approval to take ownership of Xcel Energy Inc.'s electric distribution assets in thecity so it can operate a municipal electric utility.

plans toacquire 100% ofthe membership interests in the 50-MW Boulder Solar II project from , according to aSept. 26 application filed with FERC. Avangrid is a subsidiary of , which in turn isowned by Iberdrola SA.

hasacquired the6.3-MW Medicine Bow wind facility in Wyoming from an investor group comprisingClipper Windpower Plcand Gamesa EnergyUSA. NJR Clean Energy Ventures is a subsidiaryand Gamesa Energy is a GamesaCorporación Tecnológica SA subsidiary.

ARiverstone HoldingsLLC affiliate has closed the sale of Sterling Energy waste tire andbiomass-fueled facility in Connecticut.

on Oct. 3said it has soldabout 90% of its ownership stake in Chongqing Sanfeng Environmental IndustrialGroup Co. Ltd. to CITIC Environment.

management expectsto record in the third quarter a noncash, after-tax impairment charge relatedto the valuation of a natural gas power plant in Baja California, Mexico.

isplanning to sell class B, non-managing membership interests in the 100.8 MWPaulding III wind facility in Paulding County, Ohio, to Bankers CommercialCorp. and Antrim Corp. or their affiliates. EDP Renewables is a subsidiary ofEDP Renováveis.

Anindirect NextEra EnergyInc. subsidiary is planning to sell tax equity interests in NokotaWind LLC, which owns two planned wind power plants and a transmission line inNorth Dakota.

FERCon Sept. 30 approved CiticorpNorth America Inc.'s planned acquisition of class A interests inthe 80-MW Grand View solar plant.

securedFERC approval Sept. 29 to acquire the non-managing class A membership interestsin the planned 78-MW Black Oak Getty wind project in Stearns County, Minn., viaa tax equity financing.