SOURCE: Wall Street Equity Research

Wall Street Equity Research

January 04, 2011 08:24 ET

Analyst Study on Duke Energy Corporation and PPL Corporation -- Electric Utilities Sector Slated for Change

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The Electric utilities sector which includes players like Duke Energy Corporation and PPL Corporation has seen many factors change the landscape it operates in during the past decade. The recession has brought around a decrease in residential, industrial, and commercial power usage. While this is expected to rise again during the recovery, it is uncertain whether new usage norms will be the same as before. Investors can register today at or to download the full reports on Duke Energy Corporation and PPL Corporation. is a specialized website where investors can have specific access to complimentary reports on electric utilities industry; traders looking for analysis on Duke Energy Corporation, PPL Corporation and other players in the industry are welcomed to sign up for free at

Another major change taking place within the industry is the shift from coal to natural gas electricity generation. The growing North American natural gas market has drastically reduced prices to the point that it is more economical for utilities to use natural gas instead of the traditionally cheap coal. The government is already promoting the switch to natural gas due to its more environmentally friendly profile. The EPA is now requiring that any new power plants built that are large enough to produce 75,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year must use the best available control technology, which could add significantly to operational costs. Visit us at to understand the catalysts and forces driving or affecting companies in the electric utilities industry.

Another major change facing the sector is the implementation of the Smart Grid. A digital upgrade to old analog distribution systems, the smart grid allows companies to more closely monitor the electricity usage. It also gives companies the option to charge variable rates based on the time of day and more easily integrate new renewable energy sources like wind and solar. This increased efficiency and lower energy usage could potentially save around $20 billion a year in energy costs. With the new infrastructure of electric vehicles soon to add further complications and demands on the power grid, elements increasing efficiency and control could be more important than ever. The sector still faces a huge challenge; however, as a work force must be trained to operate the new complicated system.

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