Berkshire Hathaway Energys Simple, Straightforward Bid for Oncor Earns Increasing Stakeholder Support

Business Wire 11-Aug-2017 4:50 PM

Texas Cotton Ginners Association and CMC Steel are part of 12 influential Texas business, community and consumer groups that endorse the deal

DES MOINES, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a subsidiary of Warren Buffetts Berkshire Hathaway Inc., today announced that the Texas Cotton Ginners Association and CMC Steel have agreed to support its proposed acquisition of Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC (Oncor). The growing number of commitments now includes 12 stakeholder groups, including several groups like CMC Steel that intervened during former proposed acquisitions of Oncor.

As we work through the approval process, were encouraged that our meetings with stakeholders across Texas continue to confirm that the deal we are proposing is a good fit for Oncors customers and Texas, said Greg Abel, Berkshire Hathaway Energy chairman, president and CEO. We truly appreciate the support were receiving from many groups, and were looking forward to closing the deal and welcoming Oncor to the Berkshire Hathaway Energy family.

Berkshire Hathaway Energy will leverage its financial strength to benefit Oncor customers and Texas. The all-cash deal includes 47 regulatory commitments and ring-fencing that ensures Oncor will continue as a strong electric transmission and distribution company.

The influential Texas stakeholder groups that support Berkshire Hathaway Energys proposed acquisition of Oncor include: Public Utility Commission Staff; Cities Served by Oncor; Texas Industrial Energy Consumers; Office of Public Utility Counsel; TXU Energy; NRG Energy; the Texas Energy Association for Marketers (TEAM); the Alliance for Retail Markets (ARM); IBEW Local 69; Targa Pipeline Mid-Continent WestTex LLC/Targa Midstream Services LLC; Texas Cotton Ginners Association; and CMC Steel. TXU Energy and NRG Energy represent two of the largest retail electric providers in Texas, with TEAM and ARM representing dozens of Texas electric market participants. ARM participating members include Champion Energy Services, LLC; Direct Energy, L.P.; NRG Retail Companies; and TXU Energy Retail Company LLC.

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