The prospect of increased regulation is becoming a concern for the public power industry, experts said at the Standard & Poor’s electric cooperative and public power conference.

While relatively low fuel costs have allowed utility systems to absorb some of the revenue shortfalls in the weaker economic environment, regulation could challenge credit qualilty. Jeffrey Panger, director at Standard & Poor’s, said. President Obama may try to pass increased regulation by the 2014 midterm election.

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