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Industrial consumption of natural gas increased 3.3% annually in the eight years between 1985 and 1992, according to an in-depth analysis of industrial energy demand by the Gas Research Institute. The increase, which was nearly twice the rate of competing fuels, "was largely due to a 28% increase in gas used for industrial heating and power, including a significant expansion of cogeneration systems in the paper, chemical and petroleum industries," GRI said. The report, "The Implications of the Changes in Industrial Energy Demand 1985-1992 (GRI-99/0030), also analyzes industrial energy consumption data nationally, regionally and by industry. "The report looks in detail at changes in product mix, processes and energy use during the eight-year period for the six major energy-intensive industries - food, paper chemical, petroleum refining, primary metals, and stone, clay and glass, and the two most rapidly growing, but less energy-intensive industries, rubber and metal durables," said Marie Lihn, GRI project manager. "The data can provide real insight into potential future energy consumption in each of these key industrial sectors." To order copies of the report, call Kelly Murray at 703-526-7832 (fax 7808) or e-mail at baseline@GRI.org. The report is $125 for GRI members, $175 for non-members, plus shipping and taxes.

The three-member Texas Railroad Commission (TRC) agreed to begin negotiating with an information services firm to implement an Electronic Document Management System (EDMS) for the agency, which regulates oil and gas activity in the state. Eventually, industry data gathered by the TRC will be accessible via the Internet. The project will provide an interactive web-based catalog of exploration and production data. "When it comes to this project, improved access to valuable technical data is just one benefit," said TRC Commissioner Charles Matthews. "I believe the entire decision-making process for the industry is improved when critical information is made more readily available."

EDMS will enhance the agency's ability to launch its Electronic Compliance and Approval Process (ENCAP) project. ECAP is an initiative that will give Texas producers and operators the ability to electronically submit and process regulatory compliance documents required by the TRC. Commissioner Michael Williams was chosen to oversee the TRC's regulatory reform efforts, including implementation of ECAP and other initiatives to reduce the agency's reliance on paper forms and documents.

NSTAR will be the name of the new company created when BEC Energy and Commonwealth Energy Systems merge. Final regulatory approvals for the merger are expected this summer. The names of the operating companies Boston Edison, Commonwealth Electric, Cambridge Electric and Commonwealth Gas will not change.

Commonwealth Energy President and CEO Russell Wright, who will be president and COO of NSTAR said, "It will be the largest combination electric and gas company in New England."

The NSTAR companies will serve about 1.3 million customers in a service territory that includes the Greater Boston area, central and southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod.

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