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Dominion Energy to Acquire SCANA

Dominion Energy, Inc. and SCANA Corporation have reached an agreement to combine in a stock-for-stock merger, in which SCANA shareholders would receive 0.6690 shares of Dominion Energy common stock for each share of SCANA common stock. Including assumption of debt, the value of the transaction i..

Xtera Partners With Fortress Solutions to Enhance the Lifespan of Subsea Cable Systems

Xtera, a provider of innovative subsea fiber optic solutions, announced a partnership with Fortress Solutions, a leading provider of telecom equipment repair, to enhance the longevity of its cable systems. As an ISO 9001, TL 9000, ISO 14001 and R2-certified equipment repair service provider, Fortres..

GOP Senator Appointed to Missouri Utility Regulation Board

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed fellow Republican Sen. Ryan Silvey to the state’s utility regulation board. Greitens announced Silvey’s appointment to the Public Service Commission Tuesday, the day before the start of the 2018 legislative session. The commission regulat..

December 2017 Business News

Kubota Kubota Tractor Corporation announced it will purchase 203 acres near Edgerton, KS, where it currently leases a facility, for its North American Distribution Center (NADC). The company plans to design and build two facilities, 1 million square feet each, to expand distribution capacity and st..

December 2017 People in Business News

Core & Main Core & Main, one of the nation’s largest distributors of water, sewer, storm and fire protection products, appointed two new senior leadership team members. Tim Maynard is the new vice president of Corporate Development, responsible for pursuing and executing growth opportunities for C..

Con Edison of New York Names Cawley President

Con Edison Co. of New York, Inc., a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., has named Timothy P. Cawley president. Cawley replaces Craig Ivey, who retired after eight years as president of the company. “Tim is a proven leader in safety and reliability, with expertise in our operations and an unwav..

CIGMAT Strives To Transfer Research To Actual Applications

Research studies performed at the University of Houston’s Center for Innovative Growing Materials and Technology (CIGMAT) are focused on maintaining energy, water and wastewater infrastructure and pipelines; developing new, smart materials for construction, maintenance and repairs; and detecting and..

PPL Corporation Makes Leadership Changes

PPL Corporation today announced it is promoting Assistant Treasurer Tadd J. Henninger to the position of vice president and treasurer effective Jan. 1, 2018. In addition, the company announced that current vice president-Investor Relations and treasurer, Joseph P. Bergstein, Jr., will become vi..

Frontier Communications Achieves Rural Broadband Milestone

Frontier Communications announced it has exceeded 2017 milestone requirements for the Connect America Fund program (CAF) in eight additional states: Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. The Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund program requi..

Aqua America Chief Environmental Officer Appointed to Pennsylvania Lead Task Force

Aqua America’s Chief Environmental Officer Chris Crockett has been appointed to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Lead Task Force Advisory Committee, established by the Joint State Government Commission, the primary non-partisan research and policy development agency for Pennsylvania’s General Asse..

Arup Names Hafiz West Coast Water Leader

Arup today announced that Sheba Hafiz, PE, has joined the firm as West Coast Water Leader, focused on client support for the firm’s growing portfolio of water projects west of the Rockies. Hafiz has 20 years of experience providing planning, program and project management, design, construction m..

Pennsylvania American Water Acquires McKeesport Wastewater System

Pennsylvania American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water, has completed the acquisition of the wastewater system assets of the Municipal Authority of the City of McKeesport (MACM). The purchase price is approximately $159 million. The transaction marks the first acquisition complete..

Indiana Utility Commission Chairman to Retire in January

NDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The chairman of the Indiana commission that oversees utility companies is retiring after less than a year on the job. Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Monday that Jim Atterholt will retire on Jan. 12 as chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. Holcomb had appointed Atte..

Aqua America CEO Named Chairman of the Board

Aqua America Inc. has elected President and CEO Christopher H. Franklin chairman of the board, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Franklin became CEO in July 2015 and has served on the board of directors since October 2015. He succeeds Nicholas DeBenedictis, former CEO, who will continue to serve on the board..

SoCalGas Starts Work on Innovative Fiber-Optic Installation to Monitor Pipelines in Real-Time

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced it has commenced construction on a first-of-its kind, fiber optic cable installation that will allow the company to monitor the condition of its high-pressure transmission pipelines in real-time. The fiber optic technology is being installed alo..

CPS Energy Wins 50-Year Natural Gas, Electric Distribution System Contract at Joint Air Force Base

CPS Energy has been awarded a $248 million, 50 year contract by the Defense Logistics Agency for the ownership, operation and maintenance of the natural gas and electric distribution system at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA). The company was awarded the contract through a competitive bidding proce..

Feeney Brothers Utility Services Acquires DDS Companies

Feeney Brothers Utility Services, a leading service provider to the U.S. Northeastern gas, electric, water, and telecommunications industries, has closed on a strategic merger with DDS Companies. DDS provides utility, civil, engineering and telecommunications services in upstate New York, Pennsy..

Cincinnati Bell, Hawaiian Telcom Merger Approved in Hawaii

The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ (DCCA) Cable Television Division (CATV) has conditionally approved the transfer of control of Hawaiian Telcom’s cable franchise to Cincinnati Bell Inc.  “We are pleased that our merger approval process is moving forward expeditious..

FiberLight Appoints Dyman to Newly Established Chief Revenue Officer Role

FiberLight, LLC has named Marc Dyman Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer (CRO). Dyman will report to the company’s recently appointed CEO Don MacNeil, and brings to the position more than 25 years of experience driving growth and creating innovative solutions for technology and teleco..

Greeley and Hansen Names Coleman Managing Director of South Atlantic Operating Group

Greeley and Hansen today announced that Dan Coleman has joined the firm as Managing Director of the South Atlantic Operating Group. Coleman has over 30 years of broad technical engineering experience in managing and designing various water and wastewater collection, treatment, and distribution p..

Regulators Approve Utility's Rate Increase to Recoup Infrastructure Costs

The Maine Water Company (Maine Water), a subsidiary of Connecticut Water Service, Inc. (Connecticut Water), today announced that the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) has approved a water rate increase for customers of Maine Water’s Biddeford and Saco Division, which serves 16,500 customers i..

Fiber Broadband Association Names New Chairman-Elect for 2018

The Fiber Broadband Association has elected Kevin Morgan, Chief Marketing Officer of Clearfield, Inc., to the position of Chairman-Elect for 2018. Morgan will serve one year as Chairman-Elect then transition to the position of Chairman of the Board in 2019. This position is critical for leading key ..

CPS Energy' COO Appointed Co-Chair of Puerto Rico's Transformation Advisory Council

The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) announced today that CPS Energy’s Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Cris Eugster, has been appointed co-chair of the Transformation Advisory Council (TAC). The TAC, comprised of 11 executive leaders from the public power and investor owned utility sec..

New Jersey American Water Names Shroba Vice President of Operations

New Jersey American Water has announced that Thomas Shroba has been promoted to Vice President of Operations. Shroba is replacing Kevin Kirwan, who was recently promoted to Vice President of Operational Excellence for American Water. “Tom has the experience, determination and vision to lead our ope..

Vortex Companies Acquires VacVision Environmental

The Vortex Companies, a leading trenchless rehabilitation industry solutions provider, has acquired VacVision Environmental, a trenchless infrastructure and service contractor located in South Carolina and Florida.  “We’ve always believed VacVision shared our approach to delivering a broad range of..

FERC Approves Oncor, Sempra Energy Merger

Sempra Energy and Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC (Oncor) today announced that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order authorizing Sempra Energy’s acquisition of Energy Future Holdings Corp. (EFH), the indirect owner of approximately 80 percent of Oncor. On A..

Settlement Approved in Pennsylvania American Water Rate Case

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today unanimously approved a settlement that allows Pennsylvania American Water to raise water and wastewater rates, effective Jan. 1, 2018. The primary factor behind the rate increase is the approximately $1.26 billion of investments to replace and u..

Hearing Postponed for Regulator Charged in Flint Water Crisis

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A hearing has been postponed for a state employee charged in the Flint water scandal who was to return to court for a possible plea deal with the attorney general’s office. The Flint Journal reports that a notice from Genesee District Court says Tuesday’s hearing for Adam ..

Middlesex Water Company Wins Industry Award

Middlesex Water Company has been selected a winner of the New Jersey One Water Awards.  The One Water Awards recognize initiatives that exemplify the principles of the One Water approach – the belief that all water, stormwater, drinking water and wastewater has value that can be unlocked by implemen..

Comcast to Expand Fiber-Optic Network in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware

Comcast Business is investing more than $13 million in a major expansion of its fiber-based network throughout Greater Philadelphia and New Jersey. Capable of delivering up to 100 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) of network capacity, the fiber optic Ethernet network expansion will support advanced ser..