Regulatory Hurdles Persist for Westar/Great Plains Merger

The proposed $12.2 billion merger of Missouri-based Great Plains Energy and Kansas-based Westar Energy is steadily trudging toward a self-imposed spring deadline for closing, butfeatured

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Maine to Kickoff FairPoint/Consolidated Reviews

The state of Maine should provide the first inkling of how intense the concerns of intervenors will be in Illinois-based Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc.’s $1.5 billionfeatured

Understaffed FERC Should Not Delay WGL/AltaGas Approval Process

With additional reporting by Diane Alter – Representatives of Canada’s AltaGas have begun meeting with various interest groups in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. who will influence the regulatory approval process in thefeatured

DC Green Groups Vow Close Scrutiny of WGL/AltaGas Deal

Green energy groups that helped drag out the regulatory process for the Pepco/Exelon merger to more than two years are pledging close scrutiny over the latest merger proposal for a Washington, D.C., publicfeatured

NextEra Scuffles with Intervenors Over Oncor Board Composition

NextEra Energy’s proposal to revamp Oncor Electric Delivery’s board of directors as part of NextEra’s proposed $18.7 billion merger is in the cross-hairs of industry competitors as well asfeatured

Consultants Dominate Westar/Great Plains Kansas Proceedings

Call it the case of the dueling consultants. On one side is Maryland attorney Scott Hempling, who often opposes big utility mergers in testimony before regulatory agencies. On the other side is Washington, D.C., economist John J. Reed, who often supports the industry in big utility mergers infeatured

Westar/Great Plains Offer “Common Sense” View of Merger

In a sign that relations between the two sides are prickly, the staff of the Kansas Corporation Commission and several other intervenors are calling on commissioners to impose sanctionsfeatured

Consolidated Asks Vermont for Expedited Approval of FairPoint Acquisition

Illinois-based Consolidated Communications has asked Vermont utility regulators for an expedited approval of its proposed $1.5 billion merger with FairPoint Communications, CTFN has learned. Consolidated, which envisions a planned June 30 closingfeatured

Intervenors Await Information on FairPoint/Consolidated Merger

For David Tawil, president of New York hedge fund Maglan Capital, the announcement earlier this month that Consolidated Communications was acquiringfeatured

Westar/Great Plains Merger Encounters Kansas Headwinds

The staff of the Kansas Corporation Commission has mounted a blistering critique of the proposed $12.2 billion merger of Great Plains Energy and Westar Energy and urged the commissioners to reject the transaction. “Staff’s overall conclusion is that the proposed transaction fails most of the merger standards and is, therefore, not in the publicfeatured

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