Duke Energy Sells Business Distributed Technology Enterprise

Lynn Good

Duke Energy has reached an settlement to promote its industrial distributed technology enterprise to an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners LLC, a middle-market infrastructure investor, for an enterprise worth of $364 million, inclusive of non-controlling tax fairness pursuits. Duke Energy expects roughly $259 million of proceeds from this transaction.

In early June, Duke Energy reached a sale settlement for its utility-scale renewables enterprise platform. The firm expects to finalize the gross sales for its utility-scale and distributed technology companies by the tip of 2023. It will make the most of the proceeds to strengthen its stability sheet and keep away from extra holding firm debt issuances related to these property. These transactions will assist Duke Energy’s concentrate on the expansion of its regulated companies, together with investments to reinforce grid reliability and assist incorporate over 30,000 MW of regulated renewable energy onto its system by 2035.

“The sale of our commercial renewables businesses streamlines our portfolio and provides the resources to support the long-term needs of our customers in our growing regulated territories,” says Lynn Good, Duke Energy CEO, chair and president. “Over the next decade, we plan to invest significant amounts of capital to fund the critical energy infrastructure necessary to serve our customers and support our clean energy transition.”

The distributed technology enterprise being bought contains REC Solar working property, improvement pipeline and O&M portfolio, in addition to distributed gas cell tasks managed by Bloom Energy. Employees of the distributed technology enterprise will transition to ArcLight to keep up enterprise continuity for its operations and prospects.

Adds Marco Gatti, managing director at ArcLight, about its acquisition: “We believe this is an attractive opportunity to acquire a first-rate commercial distributed generation portfolio, partner with a talented team and build upon long-standing, high-quality customer relationships.”

The sale is topic to satisfaction of customary closing situations, together with the expiration of the ready interval below the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. Regulatory approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may also be required for the sale of the Bloom Energy distributed gas cell property.

BofA Securities, Inc. is serving because the monetary advisor and Mayer Brown LLP is serving because the authorized counsel to Duke Energy for this transaction. Scotia is serving because the monetary advisor and Kirkland & Ellis is serving because the authorized counsel to ArcLight.

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