Tuesday, 19 February 2019


TRANSACT: MEL: Meridian enters into conditional agreement for hydro assets

22 Dec 2017 08:30NZX
Meridian Energy through its subsidiary Meridian Energy Australia Pty Ltd has
entered into a conditional agreement with Trustpower Limited for the purchase
of GSP Energy Pty Ltd which operates three hydro power stations, the Hume,
Burrinjuck and the Keepit Power Stations (formally the Green State Power
hydro assets), located in Australia. The agreement is for the purchase of
100% of the shares of GSP Energy Pty Ltd and is subject to Foreign Investment
Review Board approval.
Meridian''s Chief Executive Neal Barclay says, "Meridian is building our
portfolio of complementary Australian renewable generation to support our
growing retail business". Meridian has been growing its retail customer
numbers through its Powershop brand in Australia since 2014.
Acquiring the hydro assets located in New South Wales allows the company to
continue to cover its growing retail business by adding 92.4 MWs of hydro to
its renewable generation portfolio.
"We are committed to the Powershop business in Australia," says Barclay. "We
have a retail offering that is disrupting the Australian market. Customers
are finding value in our easy-to-use online model that shows them how much
power they are using and what it costs and we''re finding there is a strong
and growing desire from Australian electricity consumers to support a ''green''
energy retailer," adds Barclay.
End CA:00312376 For:MEL    Type:TRANSACT   Time:2017-12-22 08:30:30
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