Utilities Lower as Traders Rotate Into Cyclical Areas -- Utilities Roundup

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Shares of power-plant operators fell sharply as traders rotated into more economically sensitive sectors.

ERCOT, the power grid that serves most of Texas, expects a drop in electric generating capacity as coal-fired plants are retired.

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Southern Co. could see backlash from state utility regulators who must soon decide what portion of costs Georgia consumers will pay on a half-finished nuclear plant shortly after the company's Georgia Power unit suffered an outage at the Atlanta airport, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Rob Curran, rob.curran@dowjones.com

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December 19, 2017 17:44 ET (22:44 GMT)