While ratings will remain stable in the public power sector over the next 12 months, the sluggish economy and prospect of new regulations pose risks for the longer term, Standard & Poor’s said in a report issued Thursday.

“A double whammy of economic and regulatory risks is bearing down on U.S. public utilities,” the rating agency said in a report titled: “A Sluggish Economy and Developing Regulations Remain the Biggest Shocks to U.S. Public Power Credit Quality.”

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