Starting Friday, about 90,000 gas consumers in 165 Nebraskacommunities served by KN Energy will begin two weeks of shoppingfor alternative suppliers. Three suppliers have signed up for theone-year pilot, including KN’s unregulated energy services arm,Brighton, CO-based United Gas Service, and Public Alliance forCommunity Energy, an organization of 33 municipalities based inLincoln, NB. KN, the regulated utility, will serve as the defaultsupplier. Supply and transportation services will remain on asingle bill mailed by KN.
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Dominion Resources unit Dominion Energy has agreed to pay (US)$128 million, C$7.60/share, to acquire Archer Resources Ltd. ofCalgary, AB. The deal gives Dominion Energy control of Archer’sdaily production of approximately 72 MMcf/d of gas and 1,500 b/dof oil in Alberta, plus Archer’s 16 processing facilities and over500,000 undeveloped acres. Dominion Energy said the deal, ifconsummated as expected, would increase its gas productioncapability by approximately 50%.
Cash prices came out of the chute fast Monday morning as coldertemperatures, strong NYMEX prices and a bit of hype tricked mostmarkets into early gains. “A buyer blinked early this morning andsellers took control,” a Tulsa marketer said. The early strengthpushed prices to 5-8 cents above index levels in some cases.However, after the market caught its breath, sellers came out ofthe woodwork to send prices lower and late trades were back nearindex levels. Western prices followed the East’s early lead butresisted the major downturn.