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The Peril in Shale-Producer Debt (CLR, DVN, PXD, RRC)

Everybody knows interest rates have been low for years now, and that they’re low because the Fed is keeping them there. The trend is exceptionally evident in the oil and gas industry, where overall debt has grown threefold since 2006. About 75 percent of the recent U.S. “shale revolution,” according to Standard & Poor’s, was […]

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Kansas City Power & Light Suggests a Way Forward for Utilities, Both Private and Public

Kansas City Power & Light Suggests a Way Forward for Utilities, Both Private and Public

Kansas City Power & Light is making a smart move in reducing its coal-fired electricity generation by 19 percent over the next seven years. The investor-owned utility, which has about 800,000 customers in 47 counties in northwest Missouri and eastern Kansas, announced the move on Tuesday, coincidentally—perhaps— just ahead of President Obama’s State on the […]

January 22, 2015 Read More →
Corporate Strategy at D.C. Ratepayer Expense: Exelon’s Proposed Acquisition of Pepco Holdings

Corporate Strategy at D.C. Ratepayer Expense: Exelon’s Proposed Acquisition of Pepco Holdings

We’re releasing a new report today that explains how Exelon Corp.’s proposed $6.8 billion acquisition of Pepco Holdings would hurt ratepayers in Washington, D.C. Our report, “Exelon’s Proposed Acquisition of Pepco: Corporate Strategy at Ratepayer Expense,” is posted here. Here’s a snapshot: The deal, if it goes through, would expose customers to rate increases aimed at […]

January 21, 2015 Read More →
China’s Full 2014 Numbers Show Renewables Gaining on Fossil Fuels

China’s Full 2014 Numbers Show Renewables Gaining on Fossil Fuels

China’s overall 2014 electricity-market numbers have just been released, and they bear out our assertions that the Chinese government is serious about bringing more clean energy online and on curbing the country’s appetite for coal. Far and away the biggest increases percentage wise in power-generation capacity in 2014 were in solar, nuclear, and wind. Also […]

January 20, 2015 Read More →
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