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New England gas plants sold to private equity firm

Carlyle Group, a big Washington-based private equity firm, is buying three natural gas power plants in New England from Emera Inc. for $590 million.

The plants, in Bridgeport, Conn., Tiverton, R.I., and Rumford, Maine, have a combined generation capacity of 1,100 megawatts, the companies said in a statement Monday.

Emera, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, said the sale is part of its plan to reduce debt and finance its regulated utility businesses. — Larry Edelman