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Q&A: What's Ahead For Regulated U.S. Utilities? Mar 10
Standard & Poors, March 2010
In the following series of questions and answers, Standard & Poor's Director Todd Shipman discusses the outlook for the regulated utilities sector. This article was written in conjunction with a series of Q&A sessions conducted for Standard & Poor's CreditMatters TV. (And watch the related CreditMatters TV segment titled, "Why The Outlook Is Stable For U.S. Electric Utilities," dated March 15, 2010.) Our view on the U.S. economy as a whole is that we are beginning to turn things around after an up-and-down 2009, but the rebound is going to be fairly slow. Our chief economist, David Wyss, has said that consumers remain reluctant to return to borrowing mode, and construction is down. However, government spending may provide a base...
Companies mentioned in this report are: Allegheny Energy Inc.,FirstEnergy Corp.
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Allegheny Energy Inc.,FirstEnergy Corp.