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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 →

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Starbucks buys 100% wind power for all its Illinois stores

Windpower Engineering & Development: Constellation, an Exelon company and energy provider, has signed a long-term agreement with Starbucks to power more than 340 company-operated Illinois stores with 100% renewable energy produced by Enel Green Power (EGP) North America, Inc.’s HillTopper wind project in Logan, County, Ill. The deal is made possible by a separate long-term […]

November 30, 2018 Read More →

Exelon considering battery storage at its nuclear units

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): The falling cost of lithium-ion batteries has prompted a “shift in the conversation” around energy storage at Exelon Corp., as the U.S. power generation giant and electricity supplier explores “a wide range of applications on both sides of the meter,” a company official said. “We haven’t revealed much of our […]

July 17, 2018 Read More →

Exelon Exec Sees No New Nukes In U.S.—Ever

Platts: Due to their high cost relative to other generating options, no new nuclear power units will be built in the U.S., an Exelon official said Thursday. “The fact is—and I don’t want my message to be misconstrued in this part—I don’t think we’re building any more nuclear plants in the United States. I don’t […]

April 13, 2018 Read More →

Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook and Netflix Stand to Undermine Utilities’ Growth Assumptions

Lucas Bifera for S&P Global Market Intelligence: Consumer-facing tech giants, namely Facebook Inc., Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., Netflix Inc. and Google-parent Alphabet Inc., known together as the “FAANG” firms, could eventually look to supplant traditional utilities’ incumbent position in the retail energy space. Some experts and investors see the existing household presence and customer relationships […]

February 5, 2018 Read More →

U.S. Nuclear Industry Is in Trouble

Bloomberg News: More than half of America’s nuclear reactors are bleeding cash, racking up losses totaling about $2.9 billion a year, based on a Bloomberg New Energy Finance analysis. Nuclear power plants are getting paid $20 to $30 a megawatt-hour for their electricity, Nicholas Steckler, an analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said in a […]

June 15, 2017 Read More →

Exelon Pushes for Illinois State Subsidies for Its Coal and Nuclear Plants

Kari Lyderson for Midwest Energy News: Illinois legislators today introduced a long-awaited massive energy bill that would provide subsidies to keep nuclear plants and coal plants running and introduce a controversial demand charge, along with fixing the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, increasing energy efficiency investments and other measures. For more than a year, Exelon has […]

November 15, 2016 Read More →
By Allowing the Pepco-Exelon Merger to Proceed, Utility Regulators in D.C. Are Assuring Higher Bills for Ratepayers

By Allowing the Pepco-Exelon Merger to Proceed, Utility Regulators in D.C. Are Assuring Higher Bills for Ratepayers

‘Expensive wedding gifts are nice. But all the wedding gifts in the world can’t make a bad marriage good.’

Betty Anne Kane had it right in stating this week that Exelon’s acquisition of Pepco “benefits Pepco and Exelon shareholders but does not provide sustainable benefits to District ratepayers.” Kane, who cast the dissenting vote in a 2-1 decision by the District of Columbia Public Service Commission to allow the deal to go forward, denounced it in […]

March 25, 2016 Read More →

D.C. Commission, in Surprise 2-1 Reversal, Approves Pepco-Exelon Merger

Thomas Heath and Aaron C. Davis for the Washington Post: District regulators approved a $6.8 billion merger between Pepco Holdings and Exelon on Wednesday, creating the largest publicly held utility in the country. The decision marked a surprising turn of events for the deal, which D.C. regulators had rejected twice and which appeared to be […]

March 24, 2016 Read More →

Questions Over Latest Wrinkle in Deal to Let Exelon Take Over D.C.-Area Utility

Amy Poszywak for SNL: The path to approval for Exelon Corp.’s proposed acquisition of Pepco Holdings Inc., thought to be made clearer after a recent decision by District of Columbia regulators, was made murkier March 1. Mayor Muriel Bowser and People’s Counsel Sandra Mattavous-Frye separately announced they will not support PSC-suggested changes to a settlement […]

March 2, 2016 Read More →

U.S. General Service Administration, Largest Pepco Customer, Opposes Exelon Takeover

Amy Poszywak for SNL: The U.S. General Services Administration, which buys electricity on behalf of federal government properties in the District of Columbia, has joined the opposition to Exelon Corp.’s proposed acquisition of District-headquartered Pepco Holdings Inc., according to a brief filed by the government agency on Dec. 16. The GSA said in an initial […]

December 29, 2015 Read More →