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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 PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) and Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC).
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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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PPL Corporation announced last week that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of AES Ironwood, L.L.C. and AES Prescott, L.L.C., which together own and operate the 705-megawatt AES Ironwood combined-cycle natural gas-fired power plant in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. The plant is to be known as PPL Ironwood following the acquisition.
Exelon Corporation and Constellation Energy last month announced that they have completed their merger, effective March 12, 2012. The merger creates the leading U.S. competitive energy provider with one of the industry's cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets, and one of the largest retail customer bases in the nation.
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