As the late Harry Caray, iconic baseball announcer, might say, “Holy Cow!”.
Now we see that Exelon, the corporate holding company which owns the local utilities of Baltimore Gas & Electric and COMED, seeks ownership of the utilities around Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. This would more than double the customers they serve in COMED.
Utility acquisitions that are not in relatively close proximity to their current customers would appear to offer no benefits to either Exelon or Pepco customers.
This acquisition will be closely scrutinized and I am sure will it will be opposed by several groups.
Exelon previous proposed the acquisition of a large utility group in New Jersey from which they ultimately withdrew due to opposing parties.
I look forward to hearing the rationale of how each local utility (BG&E, COMED, Pepco, and Atlantic City Electric) justifies the way each utilities’ customers are better served by having a larger corporation in charge of it.
Read the whole Crain’s Chicago Business Article “$6.8 billion Pepco buy makes Exelon an East Coast force”