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Dominion subsidiaries lock out union workers in 6 states

Dominion Power, union lockout

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) — Dominion’s natural gas and interstate transmission subsidiaries have locked out about 915 union employees in six states over what the company says is the union’s refusal to have its members vote on a tentative four-year contract. Dominion says in a news release that the lockout was effective Wednesday for United Gas Workers Union Local 69 members ...

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Pipeline operator Enbridge to buy Spectra Energy for $28B

Enbridge oil

NEW YORK (AP) — Canada’s Enbridge is buying Houston-based Spectra Energy for about $28 billion, creating North America’s largest energy infrastructure company. Both companies operate pipelines that deliver oil and natural gas. Under the terms of the deal announced Tuesday, Spectra Energy shareholders will receive 0.984 a share of the combined company, or about $40.33 for each Spectra Energy share ...

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Valley Mortgage Breaks Ground on New Office Building in South Fargo

Valley Mortgage, rendering, office building Fargo

Valley Mortgage, Inc. announced last month construction began on a new 13,200 square foot building located at 3315 45th Street South in Fargo, North Dakota. The new office building will provide much-needed space for the award-winning mortgage firm. As the experienced staff of underwriters, originators and processors has grown substantially over the past several years, a new building will help ...

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Jonesville ex-clerk arrested for stealing utility payments

theft, money, dollar

JONESVILLE, La. (AP) — A former Jonesville utility clerk has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $25,000 in electricity payments by town residents. Attorney General Jeff Landry says Leigh Ann Ingram was arrested Wednesday on charges of theft, malfeasance in office and computer fraud. Landry says the 47-year-old Jena resident diverted cash from the Catahoula Parish town’s ...

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Ethics panel won’t clear PSC member lease to solar company

midwest solar facility

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) An Alabama Public Service Commission member should not sign a potentially lucrative lease with a solar energy company that hopes to sell energy to a utility he regulates, a state ethics panel said Thursday. The Alabama Ethics Commission, voting 3-2, issued an advisory opinion Thursday saying Public Service Commissioner Chip Beeker should not enter into the agreement ...

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Iceland hosts energy branding conference Sept. 19-21

Blue Lagoon, geothermal spa

The electricity market has moved from regulation to competition meaning that consumers have an added influence. The most effective way of communicating with them is through a well-designed, strong brand. This is opening up new opportunities, both for the utilities and the customers. All marketing efforts need to rely on strong brand work to be efficient and effective. CHARGE – The World’s First Energy Branding ...

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Pennsylvania reinstates $11M fine against Uber after appeal

Uber, Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania utility regulators reconsidered — and then reinstated — a record-setting $11.4 million fine imposed on ride-hailing company Uber, which says it’ll go to court to challenge it. Thursday’s 4-1 vote by the Public Utility Commission comes four months after the original vote to fine San Francisco-based Uber for operating in Pennsylvania for six months in ...

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Mexico wonders why its president is meeting with Trump

Mexico, Trump

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Enrique Pena Nieto awoke to a storm of criticism from Mexicans over his decision to meet Wednesday with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who is widely reviled in Mexico for referring to its migrants as “rapists” and criminals. Former first lady Margarita Zavala, herself a potential presidential candidate, aimed a tweet at Trump, saying: “Even ...

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