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Investing Topics: Regulated Utilities

When Hunting Value Stocks, Seek the Next AES Corp

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 24, 2020

Is the world’s economic cup half empty or full? With the fog of the November election campaign season fully descended, politics is affecting how many are answering that question.

Why Utilities Might Love Biden’s Energy Plan

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 17, 2020

Elections have consequences, especially for highly regulated industries like electric utilities. And a prospective Biden Administration could actually get most of the way to its  energy goals because utilities are already quickly moving in this direction.

Evergy Inc: The Latest Phase of Utility M&A

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 19, 2020

It’s been a little more than 141 years since Thomas Edison threw the first switch on his famous light bulb. What at one time were literally thousands of electric operating companies have merged into just a few dozen of consequence. And not one deal failed to create a financially stronger utility, a record no other industry can match.

Southern Company’s Secret Weapon

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 23, 2020

In March 2008, Southern Company (NYSE: SO) became the eighth US electric company within a year to announce construction of new nuclear reactors. A dozen years later, Southern’s pair of 1.1 gigawatt capacity reactors at the Vogtle site in Georgia are the only AP1000s under construction in America. 

PG&E Restructuring Winds Up: Here’s What’s Next

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 18, 2020

Final certification isn’t until May 22. But preliminary voting results show a strong majority in favor of PG&E Corp’s (NYSE: PCG) restructuring plan, allowing the California utility to exit the bankruptcy it entered in January 2019.

NextEra Rolls On, But at a High Price

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 23, 2019

Is NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE) really worth 27.3 times its next 12 months’ expected earnings? Enough investors seem to think so as shares hit a new all-time this week near $240.

What PG&E is Worth

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 23, 2019

The biggest regulated utility bankruptcy in history has entered a new phase, as California's PG&E Corp (NYSE: PCG) now has a deadline to meet in order to participate in the state's wildfire "insurance" plan.

Offshore Wind Investing: Picking Our Spots Carefully

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 18, 2019

These days, it seems every major US energy project is at risk to dissonant state and federal rules, regulatory delays and court challenges to permits. In fact, US energy companies might be excused for thinking America’s true energy policy is no longer “all of the above” but none.

California’s Wildfire Reset: Unequal Benefits

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 23, 2019

It seems California Governor Gavin Newsom will not preside over a utility collapse as former Governor Gray Davis did almost 20 years ago, thanks to a legislative fix to state utilities’ bottomless liability for wildfire damages.

PG&E vs Power Suppliers: A New Wrinkle

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 26, 2019

Almost 20 years ago, dysfunctional rules for California’s unregulated power market drove the state’s two biggest electric utilities into bankruptcy and impacted the entire sector. This year, the "inverse condemnation" rule has triggered one bankruptcy filing and may push the state's other electric utilities' ratings toward junk.

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