In a piece published today on Marketwatch.com, Entelligent CEO Thomas Stoner writes about Xcel Energy's prospects in a regulatory environment that is rapidly changing the game for utilities.

"Complacency" is not a great defensive strategy, but some utilities, who have traditionally enjoyed high barriers to competition and a fairly predictable business model, are struggling with the changes, which will require them to be aggressive in moving to renewable energy if they are going to thrive.

Entelligent.com's E-score,which takes into account a company’s ability to manage risk and capitalize on new opportunities, and its past and projected future performance, is in the top quartile of utilities we analyze. The score also includes a rating of transparency in both financial and environmental disclosures — something vital for the survival of energy companies, especially public utilities that are facing such threats as the municipalization of assets.

Access the report for the full analysis of Xcel Energy.