Chicago-based Nordic Energy Services LLC, an independently owned alternative retail electric supplier, has finalized an agreement to provide natural gas delivery and consulting services supplying approximately 400 facilities managed by the City of Chicago's Department of General Services. Under the five-year agreement Nordic also will advise the city on long-term purchasing opportunities. Formed in 2002, Nordic supplies natural gas, electricity and related services to commercial and industrial customers in deregulated markets. Nordic also provides customized risk management and hedging solutions, energy scheduling, bill audit services and other energy related consulting services.

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is sending a scratch and sniff pamphlet to more than 1.5 million residential and business customers to remind them of the odorant used to help identify natural gas leaks. When scratched, the natural gas safety pamphlet will release the distinctive, sulfur-like aroma of mercaptan, the odorant PSE and other utilities add to odorless and colorless natural gas. Mercaptan's smell is similar to that of rotten eggs. The pamphlet is meant to educate customers about the steps to take in case of a natural gas leak.

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