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Maritimes Phase III, HubLine, Iroquois’ Eastchester Receive Final FERC Nods

FERC issued final certificates last week to the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline Phase III expansion project and the related HubLine expansion by Algonquin Gas Transmission. The integrated expansions will increase transportation of Atlantic Canadian gas to the Boston area. In addition, New York gained significant new transportation capacity with a FERC certificate for Iroquois’ Eastchester project to New York City and a favorable preliminary determination on non-environmental issues for Islander East Pipeline Co. LLC’s 40-mile pipeline from Connecticut to Long Island, NY.

December 24, 2001

Maritimes Phase III, HubLine, Iroquois’ Eastchester Receive Final FERC Nods

FERC issued final certificates Wednesday morning to the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline Phase III expansion project and related HubLine expansion by Algonquin Gas Transmission. The integrated expansions will increase transportation of Atlantic Canadian gas to the Boston area. In addition, Iroquois’ Eastchester project received a final green light from FERC. The $174 million Eastchester project will add 230,000 Dth/d of capacity to the Iroquois system to increase deliveries mainly to New York City power generators.

December 20, 2001

Falcon Gas Storage Contracts To Serve TX Power Plant

Duke Energy Trading and Marketing LLC has signed a contract to receive load following and load balancing services from Houston-based Falcon Gas Storage Co. Inc. for the 245 MW Encogen Power Plant located near Abilene, TX. Duke is the fuel manager for the plant, which will be served by Falcon’s Hill-Lake gas storage facility in Eastland County, TX.

September 17, 2001

Falcon Gas Storage Contracts To Serve TX Power Plant

Duke Energy Trading and Marketing LLC has signed a contract to receive load following and load balancing services from Houston-based Falcon Gas Storage Co. Inc. for the 245 MW Encogen Power Plant located near Abilene, TX. Duke is the fuel manager for the plant, which will be served by Falcon’s Hill-Lake gas storage facility in Eastland County, TX.

September 14, 2001

Transportation Notes

As a result of compression outages at Grand Chenier Station on the southwest Louisiana coast, volumes that ANR can receive there from HIOS and the West Cameron near-shore blocks was cut by about 40 MMcf/d Wednesday until further notice.

May 31, 2001

Industry Briefs

Detroit-based MichCon said its customers will continue to receive a fixed price of $2.95/Mcf through the end of the year, after it withdrew its requests before the Michigan Public Service Commission to eliminate the fixed price and implement a permanent customer choice program. MichCon had wanted to begin the choice program April 1, but said it would continue the current program instead. It will file an application this summer with MPSC to set a gas cost recovery factor, based on market-price forecasts, which would go into effect with customers’ Jan. 2002 bills. The gas distributor, a subsidiary of MCN Energy Group Inc., serves 1.2 million Michigan families and businesses.

March 26, 2001

MichCon Nixes Choice, To Continue Fixed Price

Detroit-based MichCon said yesterday that its customers willcontinue to receive a fixed price of $2.95/Mcf through the end ofthe year, after it withdrew its requests before the Michigan PublicService Commission to eliminate the fixed price and implement apermanent customer choice program. MichCon had wanted to begin thechoice program April 1, but said it would continue the currentprogram instead.

March 23, 2001

DTE, MCN Merger to Receive FTC’s Approval

DTE Energy and MCN Energy Group said yesterday that the FederalTrade Commission will soon clear the way for the two companies toproceed with their merger, which was announced in October 1999 (seeDaily GPI, Oct. 6, 1999). The merger, when finally completed asexpected this summer, would combine DTE’s Detroit Edison,Michigan’s largest electric utility, with MCN’s MichiganConsolidated Gas Co.

March 23, 2001

MI Electric Choice Continues Successful Bid Process

Detroit Edison reported that its unique bid-phased electricchoice program in Michigan continues to receive a positive responsefrom new participants using the system. The fifth and final bidphase of the program showed that demand for capacity on itsdistribution system again exceeded the amount of space available,as the company received over 70 requests.

December 11, 2000

MI Electric Choice Continues Bid Process

Detroit Edison reported that its unique bid-phased electricchoice program in Michigan continues to receive a positive responsefrom new participants using the system. The fifth and final bidphase of the program showed that demand for capacity on itsdistribution system again exceeded the amount of space available,as the company received over 70 requests.

December 8, 2000