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Maine’s final LNG proposal tossed by federal regulators

ROBBINSTON, Maine (AP) — The final proposal for a liquefied natural gas terminal in Down East Maine has quietly faded away. Federal regulators have terminated the application by Downeast LNG because of inactivity. The proposal could be resubmitted later, but it’d have to start over from the beginning. The proposal’s demise shows just how much the energy picture has changed ...

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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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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

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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California moves to add methane limits to climate agenda

cattle, methane, climate change

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Democrats are taking further steps to advance the state’s ambitious climate-change agenda, agreeing to regulate methane emissions from landfills and dairy farms for the first time and approving $900 million in spending on environmental programs. The approval came in the final hours of the two-year legislative session Wednesday following a flurry of negotiations involving Gov. ...

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Race for Facebook data center raises tax-break questions

Facebook data center, solar energy

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The race between a small town on the Rio Grande in New Mexico and a Salt Lake City suburb to entice a new Facebook data center with millions of dollars in tax breaks and subsidies is raising questions about public investments in a booming cloud-computing economy that typically brings few local jobs. In West Jordan, ...

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FAA forecast: 600,000 commercial drones within the year

WASHINGTON (AP) — There will be 600,000 commercial drone aircraft operating in the U.S. within the year as the result of new safety rules that opened the skies to them on Monday, according to a Federal Aviation Administration estimate. The rules governing the operation of small commercial drones were designed to protect safety without stifling innovation, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta ...

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Leader of British movement to leave EU joins Trump at rally

Trump, Farage

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican nominee Donald Trump is linking his “movement to take back the country” to Britain’s surprising vote to leave the European Union. The architect of the withdrawal campaign, known as Brexit, joined the GOP presidential nominee on stage during a rally late Wednesday in Jackson, Mississippi. “If I was an American citizen, I wouldn’t vote for ...

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Tired of the Ups and Downs of the Contracting Business? Spray Foam May Be the Boost your Bottom Line Needs

Owning a contracting business has its ups and downs.  And when the “downs” outnumber the “ups,” it can be a little frightening. Keeping your cash flow steady and your employees busy is what makes a business successful, but when economic conditions, weather, or simply a slowdown in new business all hit at the same time, it can present a challenge. ...

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