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Westar, Great Plains shareholders to meet; Sempra files for Oncor deal approval

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Westar, Great Plains shareholders to meet; Sempra files for Oncor deal approval

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Westar, Great Plains set shareholder meetings for merger approval

Westar Energy Inc. and Great Plains Energy Inc. will hold special shareholder meetings Nov. 21 to secure approval for their $14 billion merger of equals. The boards of directors of both companies have already recommended shareholders to vote "for" each of the applicable proposals relating to the transaction.

Sempra Energy files for FERC, Texas approval of Oncor acquisition

Sempra Energy has filed its plans to acquire Oncor Electric Delivery Co. LLC with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Texas regulators. San Diego-headquartered Sempra filed its application with FERC (FERC docket EC18-2) and the Public Utility Commission of Texas on Oct. 5.

Enel Green Power sells majority stake in Mexican renewables projects for $1.35B

Enel SpA subsidiary Enel Green Power SpA has sold 80% of its stake in a holding company that owns eight solar and wind projects in Mexico with a total capacity of more than 1,700 MW for $1.35 billion. The deal is expected to close by the end of 2017, pending regulatory approval.

TerraForm Power shareholders approve Brookfield deal

TerraForm Power Inc. moved one step closer to completing its merger and sponsorship transaction with affiliates of Brookfield Asset Management Inc., after its shareholders approved the deal Oct. 6. All closing conditions have been satisfied, and TerraForm Power expects to close the deal Oct. 16.

FERC clears Rockland Capital purchase of gas-fired plant from Dynegy

FERC approved Rockland Capital LLC's proposed acquisition of the 692-MW Lee County Generating Station in Illinois from Dynegy Inc. for $180 million. Dynegy will use the sale proceeds to reduce its debt.

JPMorgan, Wells Fargo affiliates to invest in 3 NextEra wind projects

NextEra Energy Inc. is planning to sell its 100% nonmanaging class B membership interests in its three planned wind facilities to affiliates of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Wells Fargo & Co. FERC is requested to approve the transaction by Nov. 20.

Mercuria closes Noble Americas Gas & Power acquisition

Mercuria Energy America Inc. notified FERC on Oct. 5 that it completed the acquisition of Noble Americas Gas & Power Corp. from Noble Americas Corp. Mercuria completed the transaction Sept. 29.

Enel to sell tax equity in Okla. wind project to Goldman, GE

Enel Green Power North America announced Oct. 6 a deal to sell tax equity interests in the 298-MW Thunder Ranch wind project to the Alternative Energy Investing Group of Goldman Sachs and GE Energy Financial Services.

Report: Brookfield in talks for Atlantica Yield stake

A unit of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is reportedly in talks to acquire a minority stake in Atlantica Yield plc that could lead to a deal within weeks. Atlantica's stock rallied on news of the acquisition discussions.

FERC clears ArcLight to buy stakes in 2 Idaho wind facilities

FERC approved ArcLight Capital Partners LLC's application on Oct. 4 to purchase upstream indirect equity interests in two Idaho wind farms. A subsidiary of ArcLight Capital will acquire a 75% interest in Goshen Phase II Holdings LLC.

RAI Energy acquires stake in 70-MW Fla. solar project

RAI Energy International Inc. has acquired an ownership interest in a 70-MW solar project in Hamilton County, Fla., from Hamilton Energy Resource Opportunities LLC. The solar facility is expected to come online in 2019.

Firstar purchases tax equity in 2 Calif. solar projects

Firstar Development LLC informed FERC on Oct. 9 that it completed the purchase of tax equity interests in two solar projects in Kern County, Calif. FERC approved the transaction Oct. 2.

Constellation completes equity interest sale in Ga. biomass plant

Exelon Generation Co. LLC unit Constellation Energy Resources LLC completed the sale of 49.5% of its class A membership interests in the 46-MW Albany Green Energy Cogen Plant biomass facility to an affiliate of DCO Energy LLC.

FERC approves Wells Fargo to purchase stakes in Calif. solar projects

FERC cleared Wells Fargo Central Pacific Holdings Inc. on Oct. 4 to purchase 100% nonmanaging and passive stakes in two solar projects located in California from an indirect subsidiary of Sempra Energy.

NextEra completes sale of stake in Calif. transmission line

A NextEra Energy Resources LLC subsidiary has completed the sale of its 17.54% interest in the 230-kV Sagebrush transmission line to a subsidiary of Terra-Gen Power Holdings II LLC. The parties consummated the transaction Sept. 28.