Britain's Most Admired By Sector: Utilities

For once the pilot light is flickering in this traditionally resilient sector...

1 National Grid 58.1
2 Scottish & Southern Energy 56.8
3 Centrica 50.9
4 International Power 49.7
5 Northumbrian Water 49.5

North Sea gas stocks are falling, and there are debates over the relative prominence of wind power and nuclear power. National Grid chief exec Steve Holliday describes his company as 'very, very low-risk', and he is upping the forecast for capital expenditure for 2006-12 from £16bn to £17.5bn. Scottish & Southern Energy reported profits for the half-year to September down 54% to £302m. Centrica is reducing its exposure to the wholesale gas market, buying 25% of British Energy from owner-in-waiting EDF. International Power's profit from operations shot up 19% to £495m.

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