Americans have no money to pay for light. Which utilities are under attack?

USD/JPY, currency, USD/CNH, currency, Dow Jones, index, NASDAQ 100, index, S&P 500, index, USD/CNY, currency, Americans have no money to pay for light. Which utilities are under attack?

The energy crisis in the U.S. is growing, already affecting one in six households. 20 million families across the country simply can't pay their bills.

How much are utilities in the U.S. already short?

Electricity debts are growing exponentially; the amount has doubled in just 2.5 years:

  • pre-Covid - $8 billion nationally;
  • December 2021 - $13.1 billion;
  • June 2022, $16 billion.

The least protected, low-income segments of the population are under attack. Incidentally, they are the ones who have been hit by the main covid restrictions: from 2019 to mid-2021, debts were growing mainly because COVID kept them out of work. Now this problem has disappeared, but another one has appeared: it is possible to work, the money is paid, but it is eaten up by inflation: food and fuel have become extremely expensive.

In Europe and Great Britain the crisis is even more acute. The local authorities have already earmarked $280 billion to ease the energy crisis. And in the U.S., aside from a small $4 billion Liheap subsidy program, there is nothing yet, and new aid laws are still being drafted.

What can investors expect from the Utilities sector next?

It is not easy for investors in such a situation, forecasts on Utilities stock prices are foggy.

On the one hand, rates for individuals are strictly regulated. If overdue debts become even higher, the authorities will be reluctant to raise prices.

On the other hand, if they fail to raise prices in the B2C segment, power supply companies will be able to pass on the costs to the B2B segment.

Doubtful ideas for investment: a list of utilities

And if so, investors should avoid regulated companies with a large share of the B2C segment, viz:

  • Dominion Energy (D);
  • Duke Energy (DUK);
  • PG&E (PCG);
  • Xcel Energy (XEL).

In addition, their equipment runs on natural resources, including gas, which are more expensive than others.

Among independent energy producers, NRG Energy (NRG) has the worst prospects, since its facilities are mainly powered by coal and natural gas.

Who looks promising in the Utilities sector?

The power generating companies with water capacity are much less likely to be affected by the crisis:

  • American Water Works (AWK);
  • Essential Utilities (WTRG).

Renewable energy supply companies will also fare well:

  • Constellation Energy (CEG);
  • Algonquin Power & Utilities (AQN).

Vistra Corp. (VST) will be neutral, as its capacity is more diversified between gas, nuclear and renewables.

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Forecasts for 2023 - who can we trust?
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The World Bank expects recession and stagflation in Europe. Is euro growth impossible?
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Amazon will spend nearly $1 billion on hourly wage increases in 2023
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