EL PASO, Texas & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--El Paso Electric Company (EPE) (NYSE: EE) and the Infrastructure Investments Fund (IIF) today announced that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved the joint application for the indirect transfer of control of EPE’s ownership interest in the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station to IIF as a result of its proposed acquisition of EPE.
EPE and IIF issued the following statement:
This approval marks another important milestone in connection with IIF’s proposed acquisition of El Paso Electric. In addition to approval from EPE shareholders, we have now received five out of the seven required governmental approvals. We expect to close the transaction in the first half of 2020, which we continue to believe will provide meaningful benefits to our customers, employees and the communities we serve.
As previously announced, the Public Utility Commission of Texas, the City of El Paso, Texas, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Federal Communications Commission have all approved the acquisition. Approvals from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are still pending.
About El Paso Electric
El Paso Electric is a regional electric utility providing generation, transmission and distribution service to approximately 433,000 retail and wholesale customers in a 10,000 square mile area of the Rio Grande valley in west Texas and southern New Mexico.
About The Infrastructure Investments Fund
The Infrastructure Investments Fund (IIF) is a $12.5 billion private investment vehicle advised by a dedicated infrastructure investment group within J.P. Morgan Investment Management Inc. IIF is responsible for investing and growing the retirement funds of more than 40 million families, including 2 million people across Texas and New Mexico who will be invested in El Paso Electric.
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