Industry Report Card: Rate-Setting Ability Remains Key To U.S. Electric Co-ops' Credit Stability Oct 06

  • ID: 1710868
  • October 2006
  • Region: United States
  • Standard & Poors
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  • Arkansas Elec Coop Corp
  • Basin Elec Pwr Coop
  • Buckeye Pwr Inc
  • Central Iowa Pwr Coop
  • Dairyland Pwr Coop
  • Great River Energy
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The credit quality of the U.S. electric co-op sector remains solidly investment grade and stable. The co-op sector continues to demonstrate sound credit metrics with adequate debt-service coverage and good liquidity. The ability to adjust rates with no third-party oversight remains key to co-ops' strong credit quality, which is typically enhanced by long-term, full-requirements contracts with members. Because many generation and transmission co-ops are requiring new base load plant, a number of co-ops have successfully extended these contracts up to 2040 and beyond to allow for long-term debt financing. Despite the increased competitive options available to members in many regions, most co-ops have extended their all-requirements agreements without substantial changes to terms that would weaken credit quality. The absence of...

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- Dairyland Pwr Coop
- Arkansas Elec Coop Corp
- Basin Elec Pwr Coop
- National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corp.
- Hoosier Energy Rural Elec Coop Inc
- Oglethorpe Pwr Corp
- Buckeye Pwr Inc
- Tri-State Generation & Transmission Assn
- Associated Elec Coop Inc
- Seminole Elec Coop
- Central Iowa Pwr Coop
- PowerSouth Energy Cooperative
- Old Dominion Elec Coop
- Square Butte Elec Coop
- Wabash Vy Pwr Assn
- Chugach Elec Assoc
- Vermont Elec Coop Inc
- Georgia Transmission Corp.
- Central Elec Pwr Coop Inc
- Western Farmer's Elec Coop
- Diverse Pwr Inc
- Great River Energy
- Brazos Elec Pwr Coop
- Brunswick Electric Membership Corp

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