Coal restrictions burden these four

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The federal government plans to phase out coal-fired power plants by around 2025. Under the proposals, utilities would have to close their coal-fired plants when they reach 45 years of age, or when their power-purchase contracts with provincial electricity regulators expire, whichever is later. Coal-plant operators may extend the lives of these plants if they can lower their carbon emissions to the same level as natural-gas-fired plants. The plan is still in its early stages, and much could change before it comes into effect in 2011. The new rules will hurt some power producers more than others. But these four utilities should be able to pass most of the extra costs on to their customers. CANADIAN UTILITIES LTD. (Toronto symbols CU (class A non-voting) $47 and CU.X (class B voting) $47; Income Portfolio, Utilities sector; Shares outstanding: 125.8 million; Market cap: $5.9 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.2; Dividend yield: 3.2%; SI Rating: Above Average) distributes electricity and natural gas in Alberta. It also…

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