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CenterPoint Energy Inc.'s Thunder Pipeline Co. LLC is holding a non-binding open season for an expansion to support western Oklahoma production growth for delivery to markets in Oklahoma and downstream interconnects with other intrastate and interstate pipelines, including those in the Bennington, OK, area and CenterPoint Energy Gas Transmission's Line AD. "We are in a position to deliver incremental supplies to markets and end-users in Oklahoma, and eventually, to the Midwest, Northeast and Southeast from the rapidly developing production areas in western Oklahoma," said Poe Reed, chief commercial officer of CenterPoint Energy's pipeline business. The open season ends at 4 p.m. CDT July 14. For information contact Bryan Ginsburg at (713) 207-5166.

Having recently outlined a five-year $7 billion capital spending program, much of it related to repowering a series of natural gas-fired power plants (see Daily GPI, June 7), the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) received some favorable credit rating news from Moody's Investors Service. LADWP kept its Aa3 rating and a stable outlook on more than a billion dollars of bonds in two sales expected to take place later this month: $675 million of refunding bonds (Series 2011 A) and $388.5 million of power system variable rate demand revenue bonds. Moody's said LADWP could become more vulnerable to increased operating costs related to its transition to cleaner fuels and heightened regulatory compliance.

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