WestSide Corp., the target of a A$178 million ($166 million) takeover bid from China’s Landbridge Group Co., said it’s in talks with companies that may lead to a higher offer for the coal-seam gas explorer.
Duke Energy’s decision to dismantle a Florida nuclear power plant rather than undertake the costliest- ever U.S. atomic repair shows how rapidly cheap natural gas is remaking the U.S. power industry, hastening a shift from traditional fuels such as coal and uranium.
Progress Energy Inc., which is proposing to build nuclear reactors in Florida, may face greater scrutiny and delays than other utilities, due to Japan’s nuclear disaster last year, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko said.
The difference between the value of Duke Energy Corp.’s all-stock offer and Progress Energy Inc.’s share price widened after the companies said federal regulators may rule as early as today on a proposal to ease competitive concerns stemming from Duke’s $17 billion acquisition.
Duke Energy Corp. will buy Progress Energy Inc. for $13.7 billion in stock, creating the largest U.S. utility and increasing its ability to build new power plants to meet future greenhouse-gas emissions limits.
Duke Energy Corp. is nearing an agreement to buy Progress Energy Inc. and put Progress Chief Executive Officer William Johnson in charge of what will be the largest U.S. utility, said three people with knowledge of the matter.