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Berkshire Hathaway Energy to buy Oncor in $11.25 billion deal

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Berkshire Hathaway Energy said it would acquire Oncor Electric Delivery Company in a deal that puts Oncor's equity value at about $11.25 billion.

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Berkshire Hathaway Energy said it agreed to buy reorganized Energy Future Holdings, Dallas-based Oncor's bankrupt parent, for $9 billion in cash.

The deal is a bold bet by Warren Buffett that he could win approval for the acquisition from Texas regulators, after they blocked two earlier attempts to sell Oncor, one of the largest U.S. power transmission networks, to other companies.

"By joining forces with Berkshire Hathaway Energy, we will gain access to additional operational and financial resources as we continue to position Oncor to support the evolving energy needs of our state," said Oncor Chief Executive Bob Shapard.

Texas regulators in May said they remained opposed to NextEra Energy Inc's proposed $18 billion acquisition of Oncor, a deal they said was not in the public interest.

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