CPP Investments’ Subsidiary Cordelio Power Signs North American Wind Project Partnership with Tenaska

By Mario Marroquin

Toronto-based renewable energy firm and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments) subsidiary Cordelio Power has penned an agreement for the exclusive origination and development of wind assets by Nebraska-based Tenaska.

The five-year agreement states Tenaska will originate and develop wind energy assets around the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, the PJM Interconnection and the Western Interconnection for Cordelio. The CPP Investments subsidiary also acquired a 1GW portfolio of renewable projects under construction by Tenaska just six months after acquiring another 400MW wind project under development in the outskirts of Columbia, Missouri.

“We look forward to working with Tenaska, a proven developer, to build out a large-scale portfolio of wind projects over the next several years, as we expand our efforts to provide clean power to North American markets,” Nick Karambelas, Cordelio’s chief investment officer, said in a statement.

Cordelio and Tenaska’s agreement follows two separate commitments towards solar and wind assets this year by another CPP investment vehicle, Renewable Power Capital, based in London. Renewable Power Capital purchased four wind farms in Sweden in March for €803 million (US$805 million).

Reuters reported in August that CPP Investments and Abu Dhabi’s Masdar are among several bidders seeking a 40% stake in Iberdrola’s €1.4 billion (US$1.4 billion) wind offshore farm investment in Germany.

CPP Investments also reported a US$300 million commitment to Hillhouse Real Asset Opportunities Fund, which aims to invest in Chinese life sciences, data centers and logistics for the three months ended in June.  The pension system reported a 10.8% return in infrastructure for the fiscal year that ended in March.

Gains in the infrastructure asset class, which accounts for 9% of the fund’s $539 billion AUM were driven by rebounding global activity and increased demand for essential infrastructure services, the fund said in its FY2022 annual report. The pension system aims to expand the fund’s green and transition asset investments from $67 billion to at least $130 billion by 2030.

CPP Investments reported a net return of 6.8% for the year ended in March.