The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave Southern Natural Gas Co. the green Light to begin service on the Phase III leg of its South System Expansion III project, which will provide up to 375,000 Dth/d of firm capacity for Southern Company Services Inc. to serve affiliate Georgia Power Co.'s proposed expansion of its Plant Jack McDonough electric generation facilities near Atlanta. The Phase III portion of the expansion included construction of a a 2.4-mile, 36-inch diameter Bay Springs Loop paralleling Southern's main system in Clarke County, MS; construction of a 5.2-mile Gallion Loop in Hall and Perry counties in Alabama; abandonment and replacement of 11.7 miles of 16-inch diameter pipeline with 42-inch diameter pipeline in Elmore County, AL; and installation of a 7,000 hp electric motor unit at its existing Ellerslie Compressor Station in Harris County, GA.

NW Natural retail customers in the state of Washington were granted a one-time credit on their June gas utility bills by state regulators, reflecting substantial decreases in the cost of gas in recent months for the Portland, OR-based gas utility. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) approved the gas-only utility's request to return $4 million to its 70,000 customers in southern Washington in the form of one-time credits that will average about $44 for residential customers and $179 for businesses. While the bulk of its customers are in Oregon, NW Natural serves three counties in Washington (Clark, Klickitat and Skamania).

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