Short answer is yes. If the merger goes through they will go from 3rd largest to 1st!! Duke is a wonderful long term play! I have been investing in Duke for over 5 years now. It's a slow roller with a GREAT dividend!! It's an investment that you won't lose sleep over. The DRIP (dividend reinvestment program) is the way to go! Doesn't cost a dime in fees to set it up! I have been sending 150$ a week for 5 years! LOVE THIS COMPANY?!