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July 29, 2014
07:27 EDTPCG, D, EXC, AEP, EIX, SO, DUKUtilities coping with new environment as electricity sales sputter, WSJ says
Electricity sales are looking anemic for the seventh year in a row and utility companies have had to abandon the assumption that electricity use tracks overall economic conditions, as the effects of regulations and technological changes have made it easier for Americans to cut down their power consumption, said The Wall Street Journal. However, this change has created a new environment for the capital-intensive utilities, which typically need to expand sales volume by 1% or more a year just to maintain their networks. Publicly traded electric utilities include American Electric (AEP), Duke Energy (DUK), Dominion (D), Southern Company (SO), Exelon (EXC), PG&E (PCG), and Edison International (EIX). Reference Link
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May 27, 2015
13:59 EDTSOSouthern Company in pact to test Tesla commercial-scale battery storage
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12:31 EDTDUKDuke Energy Florida's solar plans to include new Orlando facility
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May 26, 2015
10:06 EDTDUKDuke Energy, LG Chem, Greensmith to build energy storage system in Ohio
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May 25, 2015
20:16 EDTSOMississippi utility company pulls out of Southern Co. project, WSJ says
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May 21, 2015
12:01 EDTSOSouthern Company subsidiary acquires 103-MW Georgia solar project
Southern Company (SO) subsidiary Southern Power acquired the 103-megawatt Butler solar facility from Community Energy in Georgia. The project, which was initially developed by Community Energy was selected by Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power in a competitive process through the nationally recognized Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative. The facility, which will be located on approximately 1,070 acres in Taylor County, Georgia, is expected to enter commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2016. Construction is slated to begin in September 2015, with First Solar (FSLR) managing the building, operations and maintenance of the facility. The Butler solar facility is expected to consist of more than 1 million of First Solar's thin-film photovoltaic solar modules mounted on single-axis tracking tables. The electricity and associated renewable energy credits generated by the facility will be sold under a 30-year power purchase agreement with Georgia Power, which will have the option to keep or sell the RECs, for the benefit of its customers or renewable energy programs.
09:23 EDTDDominion 2.8M share Spot Secondary priced at $72.10
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May 20, 2015
16:45 EDTDDominion completes planned $500M market equity issuances for 2015
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16:39 EDTDDominion files to sell 2.8M shares of common stock
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May 19, 2015
15:36 EDTEXCPepco takeover by Exelon approved by Delaware regulators, Bloomberg reports
Delaware's PSC voted 3-0 in favor of approving he takeover, Bloomberg reported, citing an email statement from a spokesman for the regulator.
08:10 EDTSO, EXCHouse Energy & Commerce Committee to hold a hearing
The Energy & Power Subcommittee holds a hearing entitled, "Discussion Draft Addressing Energy Reliability and Security" with Director Bardee of FERC, President & CEO Fanning of Southern Company, Executive Vice President Dominguez of Exelon Corp., and Vice President Heitman of ABB, Inc. on May 19 at 10 am. Webcast Link
08:04 EDTDUKDuke Energy to retire Asheville coal-fired power plant in four to five years
Duke Energy announced plans to retire its Asheville, N.C., coal-fired power plant in four to five years and modernize its generation and transmission system in western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina. The plan's major components include retiring the 376-megawatt Asheville coal power plant, investing approximately $750M to build a 650-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant, and installing solar generation at the site one of the first combinations of its kind. The plan includes investing approximately $320M to build a transmission substation near Campobello, S.C., and connect it to the Asheville power plant with a new approximately 40-mile, 230-kiloVolt transmission line. It also includes upgrading and rebuilding additional electrical infrastructure such as transmission lines and distribution substations. Carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced by about 60 percent, on a per-megawatt hour basis, due to the efficiency of the new gas plant and the fact that natural gas burns more cleanly than coal. The new gas plant also will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions across Duke Energy's Carolinas power plant fleet. Closing the Asheville coal plant and building a gas plant will make it unnecessary to invest in 126 megawatts of oil-fired generation units, to meet peak demand, and other capital investments that were planned for 2019. The power plant and electric transmission projects will create a peak construction workforce of about 800 jobs in the 2017-2019 timeframe, and generate significant local property tax revenues when brought in-service. Based on current Buncombe County tax rates, property taxes from the gas power plant are estimated to increase between 35 and 40 percent after the site is modernized.
07:11 EDTSO, AEPWolfe Research to hold a conference
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May 18, 2015
14:59 EDTDUKDuke Energy management to meet with JPMorgan
Meetings to be held in Dallas on May 20, in Austin/Dallas on May 21 and in Austin/Houston on May 22 hosted by JPMorgan.
08:02 EDTEXCExelon, Pepco accept, pledge to fulfill conditions in merger order from MPSC
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May 15, 2015
17:29 EDTSOSouthern Company: Construction to begin on Georgia Power 3x30 solar projects
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14:46 EDTEXCExelon, Pepco say MPSC approval must be 'carefully' reviewed
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13:38 EDTEXCMaryland PSC conditionally approves Exelon, Pepco merger
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12:39 EDTEIXWells identifies NextEra, Sempra as among favorite utility names
Utilities as a group have dropped in recent months and there are several names in the sector that offer relative value and exposure to secular growth trends, Wells Fargo stated in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: The utilities sector is trading at a forward multiple that is 93% of the S&P 500, versus the ten year average of 102%, according to Wells. Moreover, utilities are "slightly cheap" relative to interest rates, the firm thinks. NextEra Energy (NEE) and Sempra Energy (SRE) have the best growth opportunities in the utility space, according to Wells. They also have proven management teams and are well-positioned to exploit long-term trends, including renewable energy and energy infrastructure, the firm believes. ITC Holdings (ITC) has reached an attractive entry point and, to a degree, offers a near-term hedge against an interest rate increase, according to the firm. Edison International (EIX) and Xcel Energy (XEL) are underappreciated regulated utilities, added Wells. Edison trades in-line with its peers despite superior EPS growth potential and Xcel trades at a 3%-6% discount to the sector despite its at least in-line EPS growth and comparable regulatory risk, which might ease, the firm added. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, NextEra rose 0.5%, Sempra gained 0.6%, Edison added 0.6%, Xcel climbed 0.4% and ITC was little changed.
07:49 EDTEIXWells Fargo identifies favorite utility names
Wells Fargo says that NextEra Energy (NEE) and Sempra Energy (SRE) have the best growth opportunities in the utility space as well as proven management teams, and are well-positioned to exploit long-term trends. ITC Holdings (ITC) has reached an attractive entry point, and, to a degree, offers a near-term hedge against an interest rate increase, according to the firm. Edison International (EIX) and Xcel Energy (XEL) are underappreciated regulated utilities, added Wells.
06:07 EDTDUKDuke Energy units to pay $102M for Clean Water Act crimes
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