China & It's Deal Appetite

December 12, 2012 11:35 by Bill Conway in Capital Markets, Economy, Financing, M&A  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)
The combination of access to capital and global opportunities is going to be fun to watch as China companies, funds and investors target US entities. Many foreign companies are willing to consider Chinese partners, but the fact that four-fifths of the Chinese acquirers are state-owned enterprises, may prove challenging in getting deals done. Dealmakers suggest China companies pursue minority interests as a means of satisfying their buying urge. [More]

City of Boulder, CO + Municipalization Efforts

December 10, 2012 11:22 by Bill Conway in Energy, Engineering & Construction, Financing  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)
The outcome of these discussions could have a ripple effect on the age old “municipalization discussions” across the country.  Such transactions are complex undertakings, and require examination from multiple angles, but are perplexing considering the highest and best use of a munic... [More]

PwC Predicts Increased M&A Activity in 2013

December 7, 2012 15:08 by Stephanie Siders in Capital Markets, M&A  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
PwC attributes its bullish 2013 U.S. M&A forecast to increased corporate confidence, greater private equity activity and strong debt markets.  Middle market transactions are expected to make up a majority of deal volume in 2013, much like 2012.  PwC expects significant opportunity in t... [More]

Coal Transportation Rates to the Electric Power Sector

December 6, 2012 13:57 by Bill Conway in Cooperatives, Energy, Regulation  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)
The transportation cost for coal from mines to generation facilities via rail  increased 46% from 2001-2010, or 4.3% annually, with the largest annual rate of increase in the southern Appalachian region.  However, increases in commodity costs outpaced transportation cost increases.  ... [More]

Manufacturers: EPA regulations Will Severely Harm Economic Growth

Further regulations on manufacturers in a challenging economic environment will cause a ripple effect, having a negative effect on job creation and growth opportunities, in addition to the staggering cost of compliance.  To read more on the subject, click here.  

Economic Dashboard - November 30, 2012

December 4, 2012 13:39 by Jill Mortensen in Economy  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)
The following is the Economic Dashboard for November 30, 2012.  

Lakeside Energy Agrees to Acquire Two Combined-Cycle Power Plants from WPS Empire State

November 5, 2012 15:29 by Bill Conway in Cooperatives, Energy, M&A  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)
Lakeside Energy LLC, an owner and operator of power generation facilities in North America, has agreed to acquire two combined-cycle power plants from WPS Empire State, a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Services, Inc. The plants are located in Solvay and Beaver Falls, New York and sell energy and capa... [More]

Economy - September 28, 2012 Dashboard

October 1, 2012 15:46 by Jill Mortensen in Economy  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)
The following is the Economic Dashboard for September 28, 2012.

Commodities Dashboard - September 21, 2012

September 21, 2012 13:13 by David Patterson in Agriculture, Economy  //  Tags: , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)
The following is the Commodities Dashboard for September 21, 2012.          

Natural Gas Pumps Up Electricity Generation

September 18, 2012 11:29 by Bill Conway in Energy, Energy Efficiency  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)
Consumers should celebrate the fact that natural gas is becoming the fuel of choice for many electric generators, as it’s a cleaner burning option and is currently a more economically attractive alternative to coal.  Considering electricity production has been the fastest growing segment ... [More]

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