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ArcLight buys 13 TransCanada hydropower dams

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WILDER, Vt. (AP) — The sale of 13 TransCanada hydroelectric dams along the Connecticut and Deerfield rivers is a done deal.

TransCanada said Thursday that Great River Hydro LLC bought the dams for $1.06 billion. Great River is a subsidiary of the Boston-based investment firm, ArcLight Capital Partners.

The state of Vermont considered buying the dams, but state officials said the purchase price would have been too steep.

The sales include hydroelectric facilities, stations and associated dams and reservoirs in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, with a total generating capacity of 584 megawatts.

The Caledonian Record reports what the sale will mean for taxpayers is yet to be determined. Officials in some towns are hopeful municipalities and ArcLight can agree on an assessed value of the properties and avoid tax abatement appeals that can increase a town's legal costs.