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- Wisconsin Energy (NYSE:WEC) will sell its Upper Peninsula power plant and Michigan utility business under an agreement announced today by the Michigan governor's office, clearing a hurdle for WEC to pursue its $9.1B acquisition of Integrys Energy (NYSE:TEG).
- WEC would sell its Upper Peninsula utility business to Upper Peninsula Power Co., including the coal-fired power plant it operates on Lake Superior in Marquette, Mich., while retaining 10 hydroelectric dams but selling its utility operations to UPPCo.
- Other elements of the plan call for Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE:CLF), the operator of two iron ore mines in the Upper Peninsula, to buy power from UPPCo until the Presque Isle coal plant shuts down in about five years.
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- Utilities that meet takeover criteria outlined by Warren Buffett this weekend for another “major” acquisition after paying more than $5B last year for electricity provider NV Energy include Wisconsin Energy (WEC +1.8%) and Alliant Energy (LNT +1.1%), Bloomberg speculates.
- WEC and LNT operate in states with favorable regulatory environments, and LNT is expanding into renewable energy, which Buffett has signaled could be a focus for large investments, according to Morningstar; pipeline MLPs such as Plains All American (PAA) and MarkWest Energy (MWE) also could appeal to Buffett, a Baird analyst says.
- Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B) “is likely looking at a lot of small, regulated utilities that have a lot of growth on the table where his low cost of capital is an incredible advantage,” Morningstar's Mark Barnett says.
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