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Industry Report Card: Despite A Weak Economy And Low Electricity Prices, Canadian Utilities' Credit Quality Stays Resilient Feb 10

  • ID: 2038879
  • February 2010
  • Region: Canada
  • Standard & Poors
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  • Algonquin Power Co.
  • Canadian Utilities Ltd.
  • Enbridge Pipelines Inc.
  • FortisAlberta Inc.
  • Inter Pipeline Ltd.
  • Terasen Inc.
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In the face of a global recession, the Canadian regulated pipeline and utility sector showed its strength in 2009. Virtually every other sector posted at least some declines, but this sector largely demonstrated stable financial performance. It's not that there wasn't lower demand; there was, and noticeably so, owing to lower usage in other sectors that weren't faring so well. But Standard & Poor's Ratings Services believes favorable regulatory rulings across the country helped maintain stable utility performance. In addition, because most distribution and transmission utilities in Canada operate under cost-of-service regulation with medium-to-large fixed components in rates, the lower demand had a manageable impact on operating results. Still, entities with significant unregulated and uncontracted operations did show some predictable...

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- Gaz Metro Inc.
- Enbridge Pipelines Inc.
- TransCanada PipeLines Ltd.
- Enbridge Inc.
- Brookfield Renewable Power Inc.
- Hydro One Inc.
- TransAlta Corp.
- Maritime Electric Co. Ltd.
- EPCOR Utilities Inc.
- Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.
- Caribbean Utilities Co. Ltd.
- Westcoast Energy Inc.
- Union Gas Ltd.
- Emera Inc.
- Nova Scotia Power Inc.
- Fortis Inc.
- Terasen Inc.
- Terasen Gas Inc.
- Algonquin Power Co.
- Trans Quebec & Maritimes Pipeline Inc
- ATCO Ltd.
- Canadian Utilities Ltd.
- CU Inc.
- Atlantic Power Limited Partnership
- Inter Pipeline Ltd.
- AltaGas Ltd.
- Ontario Power Generation Inc.
- Toronto Hydro Corp.
- Hamilton Utilities Corp.
- Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc.
- London Hydro Inc.
- Pembina Pipeline Corp.
- Veresen Inc.
- AltaLink L.P.
- AltaLink Investments L.P.
- ENMAX Corp.
- Inter Pipeline (Corridor) Inc.
- FortisAlberta Inc.
- Capital Power L.P.
- UMH Energy Partnership

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