Utilities to gain from Puhca repeal


PLANNED deregulation of the US electricity and utilities industries could spur a wave of consolidation, say credit analysts. The resultant economies of scale and improved efficiencies should prove a boon for a sector that has been hit by huge credit downgrades.

The Senate is poised to repeal the 1935 Public Utility Holding Company Act (Puhca) that restricts mergers to utilities with adjoining territories or with strong electrical interconnections.

“ There will be consolidation in the

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