Noting the deals will help move closer to creating a national highway fueling network for natural gas vehicles (NGV), Clean Energy Fuels Corp. said that it has inked fuel supply deals with five trucking fleets that transport products for some of the nation's largest and most well-known brands. The five will use compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplied by Clean Energy from existing and new fueling stations for CNG and from Clean Energy stations serving LNG. Clean Energy said the trucking fleets are geographically diverse, but share a common goal of reducing their fuel costs and operating more cleanly. The companies are: Saddle Creek Logistics Services, Lakeland, FL; Premier Transportation, Atlanta, GA; Hoopes Turf Farm, Transportation Division, Ulysses, PA; Lily Transportation , Needham, MA; and Lancaster Foods, Jessup, MD.

Idaho regulators on Friday approved an annual revenue increase of $58 million for Idaho Power Co. to pay for a new $400 million natural gas-fired generation plant the utility brought online over the weekend. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission (PUC) authorized a 6.8% rate hike to cover Idaho Power's costs of the 330 MW Langley Gulch generation plant south of New Plymouth, ID. A typical residential customer will pay about $5.63 more each month. The PUC authorized Idaho Power in 2009 to develop the Langley Gulch project as part of earlier plans to add baseload generation for the utility in 2012. With Friday's action all of the Langley Gulch plant is now included in the utility's rate base, on which it earns an authorized profit level.

Bismarck, ND-based MDU Resources Group Inc. has consolidated three previously independent subsidiaries into one natural gas pipeline company, WBI Energy Inc.. Formerly, they operated separately as Williston Basin Interstate Pipeline Co., Bitter Creek Pipelines LLC and Total Corrosion Solutions. MDU created WBI Energy to "more actively manage" all of the operations under a single brand, a spokesperson said. The gas transmission pipeline operations will be within WBI Energy Transmission Inc.; the gathering pipeline and related services will be part of WBI Energy Midstream LLC; and the cathodic protection group will now be WBI Energy Corrosion Services.

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