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Combined heat and power (CHP), or cogeneration, is advocated for a dozen states heavily dependent on coal-fired power generation as a way to ease off of coal and address global climate change. CHP often relies on natural gas as its fuel source, although biomass, biogas and other fossil fuels also can be used. A report by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy predicts that in the next two decades there will be “substantial changes” in the way electricity is produced, and CHP is one of the tools for making the transition smoother and less carbon-intensive. “Energy efficiency, and CHP, in particular, represent significant near-term opportunities to make highly cost-effective investments in new energy resources,” said Anna Chittum, author of the report, “Coal Retirements and the CHP Investment Opportunity.” The report urges states to encourage their utilities to invest more in CHP as a means of meeting future demand.

September 24, 2012

House Bill Exempts End-Users from Margin Requirements

The House last week overwhelmingly passed legislation to exempt commercial end-users from margin requirements and ease regulations for affiliate transactions.

April 2, 2012

House Adopts Bill Exempting End-Users from Margin Requirements

The House Monday overwhelmingly passed two bills that would exempt commercial end-users from margin requirements and ease regulations for affiliate transactions.

March 28, 2012

Futures, Cash Narrowly Mixed Ahead of EIA Storage Data

Natural gas futures gained ground ahead of weekly government storage figures Wednesday, but cash market participants saw prices ease by mostly less than a dime, ecept for a few Northeast points which dropped by less than 15 cents. At the close of futures trading March rose 1.7 cents to $2.643 and April added 0.2 cent to $2.775. April crude oil gained 3 cents to $106.28/bbl.

February 23, 2012

Regulator: Low Gas Prices Take Chill Out of Winter

Northwest natural gas consumers can ease what is expected to be another wet, cold winter with lower retail utility bills in the coming year, the head of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) said in a year-end message on the Northwest Gas Association (NWGA) website.

January 3, 2012

Capacity Increases Planned for Wet-Gas Marcellus

A Pennsylvania joint venture is set to start work on two midstream assets that could ease a bottleneck in one of the fastest growing counties in the Marcellus Shale.

December 30, 2011

Pennsylvania Loosening Single Source Definition

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) wants to ease up on the way related sources of air emissions from industrial operations, including Marcellus Shale developments, are grouped together for regulatory purposes.

October 14, 2011

Rains Ease Susquehanna Basin Withdrawal Restrictions

A stretch of heavy rainfall across Pennsylvania helped ease water levels in the Susquehanna River Basin, but the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) on Monday morning was still restricting withdrawals on 28 state waterways.

August 16, 2011

House Panel Approves OCS Permitting Changes

A House subcommittee last Tuesday voted to favorably report to the House Energy and Commerce Committee draft legislation that proponents say would ease the permitting process for energy production on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

May 30, 2011

House Panel Approves OCS Permitting Changes

A House subcommittee Tuesday voted to favorably report to the House Energy and Commerce Committee draft legislation that proponents say would ease the permitting process for energy production on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

May 25, 2011
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