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Fast-approaching environmental regulation could reshape the utilities sector.

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  • Environmental regulation talk will accelerate this quarter as more rules are finalized and utilities plan their compliance strategy.
  • Regulated utilities continue to outperform the market and still look rich given slowing growth and potential interest-rate headwinds.
  • Regulators' rulings in five pending merger and acquisition deals representing $33 billion of combined equity value will provide a good judge of the regulatory environment. 

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Travis Miller does not own shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.