Cleco Power buys 580 MW natural gas fired unit from Acadia Power

Pineville, La., February 24, 2010 – Cleco Power LLC, a unit of Cleco Corp. bought Acadia Power Station Unit 1, valued at about $304 million.

The purchase of the 580 MW natural gas generating unit and 50 percent of the plant’s common assets closed February 23, after being authorized by the Louisiana Public Service Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

In 2007, Cleco Power solicited bids for up to 600 MW of intermediate and/or peaking capacity and selected Unit 1, or half of the Acadia plant, as the lowest bid in its request for proposal for long-term capacity beginning in 2010.

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Acadia Power Partners owns the Acadia plant. APP is a 50/50 partnership between a unit of Cleco Midstream Resources LLC, and Cajun Gas Energy.

On February 19, Cleco Corp. entered into a $150 million aggregate principal amount one-year bank term loan, which matures in 2011. The interest rate for the bank term loan was a one-month London Inter-Bank Offer Rate plus 2.75 percent. The proceeds were used in part to satisfy obligations to affiliates of Cajun.

An independent monitor appointed by the LPSC supervised the entire RFP selection process. The transaction remained under the supervision of the independent monitor, reporting to the LPSC, until it closed.

Acadia Power Station began commercial operation in 2002. It consists of two, 580-MW generating units and is located near Eunice, La.

In a separate transaction announced in October 2009, Entergy Louisiana, LLC, a unit of Entergy Corp., agreed to purchase Unit 2 and 50 percent of the plant’s common assets. This transaction is expected to close in late 2010 or early 2011, pending approvals from the LPSC and the FERC.

Cleco Power will take over plant operations for the entire facility, operating Unit 2 on behalf of APP.

Cleco Corp. is a regional energy company headquartered in Pineville, La. It operates a regulated electric utility company that serves about 277,000 customers across Louisiana. Cleco also operates a wholesale energy business with about 1,065 MW of nameplate generating capacity, which includes Entergy Louisiana’s pending acquisition of Acadia Power Station Unit 2.

 

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