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Carlyle Group raises $1.5B for 2nd power fund targeting generation assets

Carlyle GroupLP has secured $1.5 billion in funding for Carlyle Power PartnersII from a group of global investors.

The asset manager's second power fund focuses on power generationassets throughout North America, according to an April 11 statement.After the completion of the fund's purchaseof Essential Power LLC,which was announced in February, the Carlyle Power Partners portfolio willinclude 28 projects totaling more than 5,800 MW. Thatacquisition will give Carlyle nearly 1,800 MW of assets in Maryland,Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New Jersey.

Carlyle Power Partners was formed in December 2012 with theacquisition ofCogentrix Energy andfive operating assets. Its current portfolio, according to SNLEnergy data, totals nearly 4,600 MW of operating nameplate capacity in theCalifornia ISO,ISO New England Inc.and PJM Interconnection LLCmarkets, as well as in Georgia, where in 2014 it interests in six naturalgas-fired plants.