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AG joins coalition in opposition to PNM solar fee

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined a coalition of environmental and clean-energy groups calling on the state Public Regulation Commission to dismiss Public Service Company of New Mexico’s proposal to charge a new grid “access fee” on customers who install solar photovoltaic systems. Balderas’s office is also asking the PRC to study the costs and benefits to the ...

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Ex-Railroad Commissioner Buddy Temple dies at 73

Buddy Temple

LUFKIN, Texas — Former Railroad Commissioner Buddy Temple, who withdrew from the 1982 Democratic primary for governor and unified the party behind state Attorney General Mark White’s eventual winning campaign, has died at age 73. Buddy Zeagler, executive director for the Temple family’s philanthropic foundation, told The Lufkin Daily News that Temple died at his Lufkin home Tuesday. Temple, an ...

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Lawmakers give Austin Energy a verbal beating

Tuesday was among the roughest days Austin has endured in years from a Legislature often at odds with the political leanings of the state’s capital city. At a hearing about Austin Energy, the city-owned electric utility, state lawmakers ripped the veil off the political threats hanging over the utility, threatening deregulation after saying city officials had failed to heed years ...

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Oil prices rise after signs of U.S. production dip

pump jack

SINGAPORE – Oil prices rose in early Asian trading on Wednesday after signs of a dip in U.S. production, but trading was cautious ahead of an anxiously awaited reading on China’s growth pulse. Front-month Brent crude futures were trading up 42 cents a $58.85 a barrel by 0141 GMT, while U.S. crude had risen 38 cents to $53.67. In the ...

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CSX train derails in western Md.; no injuries or spills

train derailment

SWANTON, Md. — CSX Corp. says it’s investigating the cause of train derailment near the western Maryland community of Swanton. Spokesman Rob Doolittle says 11 of the 88 cars on a train traveling from Cumberland to Russell, Kentucky, derailed at about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. He says no injuries or spills of hazardous materials were reported. Doolittle says eight of the ...

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Magellan Midstream, TransCanada to develop Houston pipeline


Magellan Midstream Partners LP and TransCanada Corp , Canada’s second-largest pipeline company, said on Tuesday they will develop a pipeline to connect TransCanada’s Houston tank terminal to Magellan’s East Houston terminal. The project will give shippers on TransCanada’s Keystone and MarketLink lines access to Magellan’s Houston and Texas City crude oil distribution system, the companies said on Tuesday. The move ...

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