Dividend Battle May Force Consensus - Utilities benefit from current low rate

August 20, 2012 15:30 by Bill Conway in Accounting & Tax, Regulation  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
The outcome of the battle over tax reform and the resolution of the expiring tax cuts could impact how investor owned utilities secure future financing.  The timing of this potential change is not ideal, as utilities are incurring higher cost to develop and build infrastructure, in addition to ... [More]

Renewable Energy Projects + Master Limited Partnerships = a New Twist in Energy Financing

August 7, 2012 09:16 by Bill Conway in Energy  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
The recent introduction of a bill to allow MLPs to own renewable energy projects has the potential to reshape the renewable energy marketplace, especially considering the uncertainty of the tax credit programs and the expiration of the 1603 Grant program.  The MLP structure will help in levelin... [More]

Opportunity for Coop Expansion?

August 6, 2012 10:41 by Bill Conway in Cooperatives, M&A  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)
If the PwC report is correct regarding accelerated consolidation in the utility industry, the electric coop network could follow suit  by acquiring the “more rural” territories from IOUs.  This strategy makes sense for both coops and IOUs, as these rural areas are often best se... [More]

Proposed Legislation on How Electric Coops Make Decisions

July 19, 2012 08:35 by Bill Conway in Cooperatives, Financing, Regulation  //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments (0)
The draft legislation including the disclosure of power demand / load and forecasting information at the distribution level and requiring a G&T to secure approval from two-thirds of its members prior to entering into debt or energy contracts seem to be in line with what a cooperatives board role... [More]

Past Posts