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Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) launched its newest version of GasSelect, an automated gas scheduling and energy management system. The e-commerce application is available to subscribers through www.gasselect.com for real-time submission of gas nominations, trading gas delivery imbalances in a secondary market, and for gas consumption information from electronic meters installed at customer sites. GasSelect is used to manage the delivery of 1 Tcf into Southern California for both SoCalGas and San Diego Gas & Electric.

Columbia Energy Services (CES) will be closing its Canonsburg, PA, offices as part of a restructuring of its retail marketing operations. The reorganization will combine its major accounts which are commercial and industrial customers with its mass markets -or residential - operations. Some of the CES staff will be relocated from Canonsburg to the Columbia Energy corporate headquarters in Herndon, VA. The number of layoffs has not been determined. There are 170 employees in CES retail operations, including 57 currently in the Canonsburg office. The move is part of a strategic reassessment of its marketing operations begun in earlier this year.

Reliant Energy plans to construct a 460 MW, gas-fired power plant in Osceola County, FL, near the town of Holopaw. Two-thirds of the power produced at the plant will be sold to Seminole Electric Cooperative Inc. through a five-year contract. The plant will be called Reliant Energy Osceola and will be about 20 miles southeast of Orlando. While it will primarily use natural gas for fuel, the plant will also be able to produce electricity from fuel oil. Reliant Energy and Seminole signed a contract in July for about 306 MW of firm peaking capacity beginning Dec. 1, 2001.

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