Chairman Joe Barton (R-TX) of the House Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee is expected to announce shortly — possibly as early as this week — whether he will introduce emergency legislation in an attempt to head off worsening power shortages that are being predicted for the California wholesale power markets this summer.
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The merger bandwagon continued Monday with the announcement of a$2 billion deal that would bring together Illinois-headquarteredIllinova Corp., which has a strong Midwest power generation baseand a developing national energy services business, withHouston-based Dynegy Inc., a leading marketer of energy productsand services. The merged company would be called Dynegy.
After failing, so far, in its attempt to woo Southwest Gas away from Oneok, Southern Union Co. headed east to announce a friendly $500 million acquisition of distributor Pennsylvania Enterprises Inc. (PEI). With the purchase Southern Union will make its first entry into power marketing.