Utility Merger Mania

This was supposed to be the year for big utility mergers. Money is cheap, costs of mergers were thought to be low, and arguments for savings are compelling. But as simple as it may seem, utility mergers can be political, difficult and costly. So as we find ourselves at the end of the year, it seems as though some mergers may come about while others may not.

The motivation to merge utilities varies regionally. Regulated utilities in the South can use scale to bring about savings for consumers and shareholders. While most deregulated utilities lack generating assets, they also need scale to deploy reliable distribution networks and smart energy equipment and related services. Regulated utilities offer megawatts, and deregulated utilities offer negawatts (energy efficiency)....649 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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