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Wall Street Equity Research

September 02, 2010 08:56 ET

Research on Consolidated Edison and CMS Energy -- Trying to Outsmart the Customer

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - September 2, 2010) - offers world class analysis on diversified utilities companies Consolidated Edison Inc. (NYSE: ED) and CMS Energy Corp. (NYSE: CMS). Sign up today at to receive free research reports on these companies.

Electric companies typically see usage at its highest during summer months when air conditioners are used most often. However, the down economy has caused many customers to be more mindful of energy usage despite one of the hottest summers on record. Businesses have joined the conservation effort as well and have cut their energy consumption to cut costs. is a specialized website where investors can have full access to free reports on diversified utilities stocks; traders looking for analyst opinions on Consolidated Edison Inc. and CMS Energy Corp. are welcomed to sign up for a free one year membership at

In addition to lower usage, costs are remaining steady due mostly to abundant natural gas supplies. Utility companies are struggling to offset revenues with volume and power prices so they're changing how customers are billed. Visit us at to understand the catalysts and forces driving or affecting diversified utilities companies in today's economic environment.

Smart meters are being rolled out across the country in an effort to conserve energy that paradoxically may benefit power suppliers. Smart meters track usage by time and allow power companies to charge higher rates during peak demand. Power providers themselves become more efficient when consumers use power more efficiently. The money made from customers who will continue to consume during peak hours could more than offset the price drop for off peak usage. Increased efficiency and better pricing could be the answers to the drop in overall usage for power companies.

Obstacles still exist though as some states and consumers still remain hesitant to employ the new devices complaining of accuracy and privacy issues.

For the second quarter 2010, Consolidated Edison Inc. announced a growth in earnings to $183 million as compared to 2009 figure of $150 million. The company attributed this surge to its cost control efforts during the quarter. Shareholders and investors can access the free research Consolidated Edison Inc. now by signing up at

Back in July, CMS Energy Corp. posted a 12% increase in profit to $84 million. Operating revenue for the quarter was at $1.34 billion. The has also compiled a free research on CMS Energy Corp. that can be downloaded now by signing up at

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