Mon, Nov. 16, 3:25 PM
- PSE&G (PEG +1.6%) says the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities approved its three-year, $905M program to expedite the replacement of aging gas pipes that were leaking methane.
- The project, which will raise gas rates by an average of 1.5%/year over four years, calls for 510 miles of new gas mains and 38K gas connections to homes and businesses to be installed over three years by PSE&G.
- As part of the deal, PSE&G must reduce methane emissions by at least 20%/year in areas where new piping is installed.
Wed, Jun. 10, 9:57 AM
- PJM Interconnection, the largest U.S. electricity grid, wins approval from U.S. regulators for a plan to increase reliability at power plants and avoid a repeat of the shutdowns and price spikes during the unseasonably cold winter of 2014.
- Under the plan, which takes effect in 2018 after a capacity auction this year, generators that promise to be available during peak demand periods will receive higher payouts than other plants and will be penalized for failing to meet the commitments; the auction, planned for May, was delayed after FERC declined PJM’s initial proposal and asked for more information.
- The largest generators in PJM are trading higher at the open: NRG +4.2%, AEP +1.4%, EXC +3.1%, PEG +1.1%, DYN +7.2%.
- Also: TLN +4%, NEE +1.2%, PCG +0.7%, EE +1.5%, SO +0.5%, D +0.2%, DUK +0.9%, XLU +0.9%.
Wed, Apr. 1, 12:26 PM
- Dynegy (DYN -2.1%) and NRG Energy (NRG -5.6%) are sharply lower after the FERC declined to approve a capacity performance plan submitted by the PJM Interconnection consortium and asked for answers to additional questions about the initiative.
- PJM operates a wholesale electricity market in the eastern U.S.; DYN is involved in the PJM and is looking to boost its share within the Regional Transmission Organization with proposed asset purchases, and a small part of NRG's capacity is within PJM.
- Deutsche Bank analyst Jonathan Arnold notes that FERC did not reject the proposal, but says FERC's action prolongs uncertainty for investors in the electric utilities that belong to PJM, which also include Exelon (EXC -1.8%), Public Service Enterprise (PEG -1.9%), American Electric (AEP +0.2%), PPL (PPL -0.4%) and FirstEnergy (FE -1.3%).
Nov. 12, 2014, 2:14 PM
- Utility stocks, among the year’s top performing sectors in the market, are sharply lower today - a bad sign, says Weeden & Co. head researcher Michael Purves, who believes now is the time to reduce or hedge utility holdings such as the Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLU -1.9%).
- Ultra-low bond yields have made utility stock payouts look good by comparison., but valuations have been moving up; Purves says the rally has put XLU’s P/E ratio for the next 12 months at 17.4x, near a 10-year high.
- Investors ought to “start to take profits, given the run was getting long in the teeth,” Purves writes.
- The top 10 XLU holdings are all lower today: DUK -2.5%, NEE -1.7%, D -1.9%, SO -1.4%, EXC -2.8%, AEP -2%, SRE -1.7%, PPL -1.8%, PCG -1%, PEG -2.8%.
- Other ETFs: IDU, VPU, UPW, RYU, FUTY, FXU, PUI, SDP
Jun. 3, 2014, 12:45 PM
- EPA chief Gina McCarthy says she expects for significant changes in proposed state emission goals before a final rule is issued next year if the individual states show they can’t meet the targets.
- McCarthy says the agency made changes when developing its rules on mercury pollution in 2012 after utilities complained, and says she "wouldn’t be surprised if we made significant” revisions to the carbon proposal.
- McCarthy notes "confusion" around the targeted 30% emission cuts, saying it’s not a goal of the plan but an estimate of what the EPA thinks can be achieved.
- Coal names are broadly lower: WLT -4.4%, ACI -3.7%, ANR -2%, ARLP -1.9%, CNX -1.3%, CLD -0.3%, BTU -0.2%.
- Big utilities are mostly higher: EXC +1.6%, AEP +1%, NRG +0.7%, D +0.5%, XEL +0.4%, SO +0.3%, PEG +0.2%, NEE +0.1%, DUK -0.2%
- ETFs: XLE, XLU, TAN, ERX, KOL, IDU, VDE, OIH, ERY, FCG, VPU, DIG, KWT, GASL, DUG, IYE, GASX, PXJ, RYE, FENY, UPW, RYU, FUTY, FXN, FXU, DDG, SDP
May 27, 2014, 2:30 PM
- The utility sector is among the day's best performers after the annual capacity auction at PJM Interconnection, which runs the largest U.S. power grid, forecasts payments to electricity producers will jump to $120/MW-day vs. $59.37 in the previous 12-month period and expectations of $75-$100.
- The higher capacity price is a boon to power producers, which rely on the payments as baseline revenues; the auction results are viewed as another endorsement of natural gas.
- The outlook is particularly favorable for Exelon (EXC +3.9%) and FirstEnergy (FE +6%), according to S&P's Aneesh Prabhu; PPL Corp. (PPL +2.9%) also benefits, especially considering that the price in its region was expected to fall.
- The price for Public Service Electric & Gas' (PEG -0.2%) utility territory in northern New Jersey was set at $215/MW-day, down from $219 a year earlier.
- ETFs: XLU, IDU, VPU, DBE, RJN, UPW, FUTY, RYU, PUI, FXU, JJE, SDP, ONG, RGRE, UBN
May 1, 2014, 12:48 PM
- New Jersey utility Public Service Electric & Gas (PEG -1.9%) says it reached a $1.22B settlement for a scaled-down version of its Energy Strong grid-hardening program.
- The original $3.9B proposed project had been opposed by the state rate-payer advocate, AARP and other groups that felt it was too costly and would not have had its intended benefits.
- The agreement calls for PSE&G to recover $1B from the project - i.e., the amount to be passed on to customers; the utility says it will not seek recovery for an additional $220M in planned upgrades.
Feb. 20, 2014, 11:33 AM
- Public Service Enterprise's (PEG +2.6%) Q4 earnings fell 11% on mark-to-market and storm-related impacts, but adjusted profit improved and exceeded expectations.
- The PSEG Power subsidiary said operating earnings fell 8.7% Y/Y to $115M on an increase in operating and maintenance expense associated with planned and unplanned outage-related work that offset benefits from stronger margins.
- The PSE&G utility segment posted operating earnings growth of 92% to $144M amid higher revenue and lower operating and maintenance expenses from the year-earlier period that included Sandy-related restoration expenditures.
Jul. 5, 2013, 10:58 AM
May 30, 2013, 11:17 AMUtilities are getting a bit of a reprieve after taking a beating over the past few days. Option implied volatility has been increasing as investors rotate out of high dividend yield positions in the wake of a rise in treasury yields: AEE +1.7%, D +0.3%, DTE +1.9%, EIX +0.6%, ETR +1.3%, EXC +0.7%, FE +0.9%, NEE +1.7%, PEG +0.8%, PPL +0.5%, SRE +1.3%, TE +0.5%, AEP +0.8%, DUK +0.6%, ED NU +1.6%, PCG +1.2%, SO +0.4%, XEL +1.3%. | May 30, 2013, 11:17 AM | 5 Comments
Nov. 1, 2012, 11:31 AMPublic Service Enterprise (PEG -2%) says it is unable to provide a cost estimate for Hurricane Sandy. "The magnitude of the flooding in contiguous areas is unprecedented,” it says, as the storm surge knocked out “a large number” of substations along the Passaic, Raritan and Hudson rivers. PEG lost as many as 1.7M customers, the most in its history from a single event. | Nov. 1, 2012, 11:31 AM | Comment!
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