Texas Crisis Hits Canadian Wind-Power Provider With Hedging Loss

The Texas energy crisis that sent power prices surging is also leaving a Canadian renewables company with hedging losses after wind and solar plants in the Lone Star state were disrupted by extreme weather.

Longueuil, Quebec-based Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. estimates the potential financial impact of the weather events at C$45 million to C$60 million ($35 million-$47 million) on a consolidated basis, it said in a statement Wednesday.

Innergex also said it’s evaluating force majeure and other mitigating options. The company’s shares fell as much as 2.1% on Wednesday.

The extreme weather has impaired Innergex’s Flat Top wind facility in Mills County. The company expects the plant to resume normal operations by the weekend. Some power generation has continued at two of its other wind facilities and a solar plant in the state.

The combined effect of supply interruptions, abnormal market pricing conditions and contractual obligations under power hedges have had positive and negative financial impacts, depending on varying conditions and different times, Innergex said.

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