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Stable Outlook Expected for U.S. Public Power Sector in 2004 Mar 04 Product Image

Stable Outlook Expected for U.S. Public Power Sector in 2004 Mar 04

  • ID: 1804531
  • March 2004
  • Region: United States
  • Standard & Poors

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Alameda
  • Columbia
  • Granbury
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  • North Baldwin Utilities
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Abstract
Despite increased risk and ongoing turmoil in the overall power industry, the U.S. public power sector is expected to experience credit stability in 2004, with a limited number of ratings changes. The stability of the public power sector in 2003 resulted from the continued commitment of public power utilities to conservative business strategies, and prudent responses to volatile commodity prices for both fuel and power, including improved hedging activity that mitigated the impact of price swings. Public power utilities nationwide continue to adapt both operationally and financially to new challenges, which bodes well for credit quality. Traditional strengths of the sector that provide a solid credit foundation include the autonomy of public utilities' governing bodies in rate-setting matters; their focus...

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