Cogen Market Growth Slows, GRI Says

While natural gas has captured the lion’s share of the expandingcogeneration market in recent years, “the phenomenal growth of[cogeneration in] the past was a one-time event resulting from aunique combination of regulatory and market changes,” according tothe Gas Research Institute’s Marie Lihn.

August 4, 1999

Avista Slows Shopping Spree, Plans Stock Purchase

At an annual meeting yesterday, Avista Corp. CEO T.M. Matthewsunveiled a new strategy that will include the purchase of 10% ofAvista’s common stock and will defer any major acquisitions soAvista can concentrate on the company’s existing energy business.

May 14, 1999

CPUC’s Bilas: Capacity ‘Hoarding’ Slows Competition

Retail unbundling in the California natural gas market is”currently being undermined” by Dynegy Marketing and Trade’swithholding of firm transportation capacity on El Paso Natural Gas,the head of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) saidThursday. As a remedy, CPUC President Richard A. Bilas called onFERC to implement regulations prohibiting the “hoarding” ofpipeline capacity and to investigate allegations of anticompetitiveconduct, which he contends was prevalent in the Dynegy-El Pasocontract arrangement.

February 26, 1999

Rally in November Aftermarket Slows to a Crawl

The upward track of cash prices continued Wednesday, but at asnail’s pace compared to Tuesday’s skyrocketing pyrotechnics. Mostof the new increases were quite meager, ranging from a penny or soto about a nickel. The first significant winter weather that manyareas have seen so far this season was credited with keeping theNovember price rally going, albeit modestly.

November 5, 1998

Upward Price Trend Slows, Expected to Reverse

Cash prices started out Tuesday playing catch-up with the Nymexscreen’s late increases on Monday, but wound up either flat or withsmall gains after futures reversed field. Only supply-constrainedSumas managed an increase of more than about 4 cents, and numberswere down a few cents on some Rockies pipes and at NorthernCalifornia market points.

August 19, 1998

Price Slide Slows; West Losses Exceed East’s

The relatively small declines in Eastern markets Fridaysurprised some traders. Although down another 2-5 cents overall,pipes in the Gulf Coast and Midcontinent were rebounding late tolevels essentially flat from Thursday. The weakness in Thursdayafternoon’s Access futures trading pushed prices down early Friday,a marketer said, “then things came back up when the Merc showed alittle strength.” Although the screen eventually shed its gains towind up basically unchanged, that occurred too late to impact cashtrading.

June 8, 1998
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