SOURCE: Paragon Financial Limited

Paragon Financial Limited

April 19, 2012 08:20 ET

New Environmental Protection Agency Limits Could Potentially Be a Major Problem for Utilities Industry

The Paragon Report Provides Stock Research on American Electric Power Co. and Duke Energy Corp.

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Apr 19, 2012) - The markets have experienced a strong first quarter in 2012 and yet the Utility Sector have disappointed. The Utilities SPDR ETF -- which seeks to provide investment results that correspond to the price and yield performance of the Utilities Select Sector of the S&P 500 Index -- has seen almost no change year-to-date. Low natural gas prices and new carbon emission limits are forcing electric utilities companies to switch their plants from coal to natural gas. The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities in the Electric Utilities Industry and provides equity research on American Electric Power Company, Inc. (NYSE: AEP) and Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE: DUK).

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The recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules imposes limits on carbon emissions on all new U.S. power stations, while existing ones will require a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions. The new limits would effectively bar the building of any new coal plants. The change could potentially be a major hurdle for the industry and several major companies have already taken different measures to deal with the pending regulation changes.

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American Electric Power recently made official notifications to regional reliability organizations PJM Interconnection and Southwest Power Pool (SPP) of the company's plan to retire more than 4,600 megawatts (MW) of coal-fueled power generation, primarily to comply with a series of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. AEP was required to file its plan for plant retirements prior to PJM's auction in May 2012 that will set electric generation capacity prices for June 2015 through May 2016.

Duke Energy Corporation one of the largest electric power companies in the United States, supplying and delivering energy to approximately 4 million U.S. customers. Duke Energy will release its first quarter 2012 earnings results at 7 a.m. ET on Friday, May 4. An earnings conference call for analysts is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET Friday, May 4.

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