Northeast, NStar Resist Wind Farm Buy In Merger Battle

Law360, New York (October 13, 2011, 3:07 PM EDT) -- Northeast Utilities System and NStar on Wednesday urged Massachusetts energy regulators to approve their proposed $4.3 billion merger, slamming a suggestion that the companies should be forced to buy an offshore wind farm to win approval of the deal.

In a joint filing with the state Department of Public Utilities, the energy companies called the suggested prerequisite unconstitutional, and asked the department to approve the merger, which would create New England's largest utility, worth an estimated $17.5 billion.

"The department has no authority ... to impose...
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