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Unethical Tactics Cause Marketer to Bow to BPU

Faced with the possibility of loosing its electric marketinglicense in New Jersey because of seedy marketing maneuvers,Sempra’s Energy America cut a deal with the state’s Board of PublicUtilities last week, agreeing to halt its marketing efforts for athree-week span, retrain its agents and stop all “unconscionablemarketing tactics.”

December 20, 1999

EIA Reserves Report: No Cause for Thanksgiving

The Energy Information Administration dropped a pre-holidaydowner into U.S. festivities last Wednesday, reporting 1998 U.S.crude oil and natural gas reserve additions chased lower pricesdeep into the minus column.

November 29, 1999

Storage and Weather Reports Cause Choppy Trading

Price points throughout the country varied in their responses toweather forecasts, the American Gas Association storage reportexpectations, and a rising futures screen yesterday. Despite thelack of direction, many traders agreed that weather, which wasresponsible for significant increases in the East and Midcontinentearlier in the week, is set to regain its leadership role in themarket, and push prices down heading into the weekend.

November 4, 1999

Billing Controversy Surrounds Georgia Deregulation

Atlanta Gas Light Co. (AGL) will be the first to say that warmweather and fixed prices can cause trouble. In a situation that hascaught the eye of Georgia’s Public Service Commission (PSC), AGL’snew unregulated rates have enraged hundreds of customers who,because of warm weather, have not used much gas, but still receivedwinter-like gas bills. The public outcry caused the PSC to schedulea vote on Jan. 5 to determine whether a hearing should be held toexamine re-regulating the state’s gas industry. If the commissiondecides a hearing is necessary, it will be held Jan. 26 with adecision to come shortly thereafter.

December 28, 1998

Billing Controversy in Georgia Deregulation

Atlanta Gas Light Co. (AGL) will be the first to say that warmweather and fixed prices can cause trouble. In a situation that hascaught the eye of Georgia’s Public Service Commission (PSC), AGL’snew unregulated billing has enraged hundreds of customers who,because of warm weather, have not used much gas, but still receivedwinter-like gas bills. The public outcry caused the PSC to schedulea vote on Jan. 5 to determine whether a hearing should be held toexamine re-regulating the state’s gas industry. If the commissiondecides a hearing is necessary, it will be held Jan. 26 with adecision to come shortly thereafter.

December 28, 1998

Distributors Blast Northern’s Proposal

A rate hike proposal of Northern Natural Gas that has thepotential to cause a showdown at FERC over key policy issues got acool reception last week from Midwest municipals and smalldistributors on Northern’s system.

May 19, 1998
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