SOURCE: Rothman Research

Rothman Research

March 11, 2010 09:32 ET

New Technologies Brings Rapid Shift in the Utilities Sector

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - March 11, 2010) -

The utilities sector is rapidly shifting as companies continue to innovate. Historically speaking, the first power plants were mainly run on coal and water energy. Nowadays even if coal and hydroelectric technologies are still in service fossil fuel, natural gas and nuclear technology have increasingly taken over whilst there is a growing interest in alternative energy sources such as solar, wind, waves and geothermal sources. scrutinizes the ongoing developments in one of the most challenging and progressively popular sector of our time. "Talk of the town for the past decades following the Kyoto Protocol in the mid-90s has focused on our energy supplies and technologies... and I believe the energy utilities have been pulled in the limelight as people globally start to embrace the go-green philosophy and these companies feel they have to do something consequent to show they are attuned to popular belief," remarked Mathew Collier, head analyst at Rothman Research.

Leading online financial platform studies two companies in the utilities sector that have taken a lead in recent months. These are Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) and ONEOK Inc. (NYSE: OKE).

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Sempra Energy -- the company engages in the development of energy infrastructure, operation of utilities, and provision of energy-related products and services worldwide. Sempra recently announced $250,000 in grants to 10 community colleges in California to offer scholarship support for students seeking certification or training for "green" jobs.

The firm's been having good news lately. It earned the No. 5 ranking among electric and gas utilities on Fortune magazine's "World's Most Admired Companies" last Thursday, March 4, 2010. It scored the highest in global competitiveness and innovation. It also earned recognition as one of the "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list from Corporate Responsibility Magazine and previously listed "World's Most Ethical Companies" by Ethisphere Institute's.

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ONEOK Inc. -- is a diversified energy company that operates as a natural gas distributor primarily in the United States. The company maneuvers three segments: ONEOK Partners, Distribution, and Energy Services. Its general partner ONEOK Partners, L.P, owns one of U.S' premier natural gas liquids (NGL) systems, connecting NGL supply in the Mid-Continent and Rocky Mountain regions with key market centers. ONEOK announced that they will be participating in the Barclays Capital Investment Grade Energy and Pipeline Conference in New York City this Thursday, March 11, 2010.

For 2010, ONEOK Inc. expects its net income to be $300-$335 million range, determined by prospects of increased earnings at ONEOK Partners and the Distribution segment.

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