The Senate last week confirmed Commissioner Curt Hebert Jr. to anew five-year term on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Histerm expires in June 2004.

In a move to improve organization and reduce overlap, AquilaEnergy laid off all 34 members of its industrial gas sales team.Their work will be picked up by Aquila’s commercial gas sales team,located in Columbus, OH. “The two teams had increasingly the samecustomer base, and in an effort to streamline operations, wedecided to disband the industrial team,” said George Minter, aUtilicorp spokesman. Aquila sold 10.8 Bcf/d in the first quarter.

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