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Ohio regulators OK 2 deals that subsidize older power plants

Ohio regulators OK 2 deals that subsidize older power plants

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Regulators in Ohio approved two closely watched energy deals on Thursday allowing two utility companies to impose short-term rate increases on electricity customers to subsidize some older coal-fired and nuclear power plants. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio took a single combined vote on the power purchase agreements, which were separately filed by Akron-based FirstEnergy and ...

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Enbridge says Sandpiper pipeline won’t start up until 2019

Enbridge pipeline marker. (Image: Environmental Defence Canada via Flickr)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Enbridge Energy Partners said Wednesday that it expects to push back until 2019 the start-up dates for both its proposed Sandpiper crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota and a replacement for its existing Line 3 pipeline because of the need for an environmental review. Company executives told analysts during a quarterly earnings call that their “preliminary assessment” ...

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Wanted: A path forward for Sandpiper

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A badly needed pipeline to haul Bakken crude across North Dakota and northern Minnesota was waylaid and cast into uncertainty in September by the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Just three months earlier, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission had issued a “certificate of need” for the project known as Sandpiper. But the commission should have required the completion of an Environmental ...

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Hearing scheduled in South Dakota for Dakota Access Pipeline

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota regulators tasked with considering whether to approve construction of a proposed oil pipeline that would run through the state have scheduled a two-week evidentiary hearing for this fall. South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Chris Nelson says the commission will take input from parties involved with the Dakota Access Pipeline at the end of September ...

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Gas pipeline deal OK’d by PUC staff

CONCORD – Regulators are one step closer to approving a contract between Liberty Utilities and Kinder Morgan for space on a proposed natural gas pipeline through southern New Hampshire. That’s good news for pipeline supporters who say the project will lower electricity prices, but bad news for opponents who worry about devastation to the landscape. Opponents lost a key battle ...

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Kinder Morgan cites agreement with Liberty as proof pipeline is needed

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The Kinder Morgan pipeline company has touted its shipping agreement with Liberty Utilities as proof that a new natural gas pipeline is needed in Southern New Hampshire. But questions about the contract are being raised by the consumer advocate on the Public Utilities Commission, and by the PUC’s own expert consultant. “The company has the obligation to show that what ...

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Columbia to replace a mile of aging pipe in the South Side, 5 miles countywide

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A next stage in what so far has been a nearly billion-dollar effort to modernize and expand aging gas distribution lines in Pennsylvania is scheduled to begin this week in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood. Through this spring, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania Inc. will be spending $1.1 million to replace one mile of natural gas main line with plastic pipe affecting ...

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