Power deregulation spawns flurry of merger activity

01/18/1999
Petroleum isn't the only industry undergoing a series of merger announcements (see Watching the World, this page). Electric power producers and distributors also have announced plans to join forces in rapid succession in recent months. And other industry participants have formed strategic alliances that will enable them to better compete in a deregulated market. "Electric utility mergers are a natural by-product of the growing competition in the industry and reflect the experience of every industry that has gone through the process of deregulation," said a report by the Progress & Freedom Foundation, Washington, D.C. "They are driven by the anticipation of cost savings, ...
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