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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..

Seaborn Networks Makes Leadership Changes

Seaborn Networks has added Wilson Otero and Kris Alexander to its board of advisors, and Chris Eldredge and Pete Hayes to the board of directors of Seabras Group, LLC. Seabras is the underlying owner of Seabras-1 between New York—São Paulo and is co-owned by Seaborn and Partners Group, a global pri..

Eversource Acquires Aquarion Water Company

Eversource has acquired the Aquarion Water Company, becoming the only U.S.-based electric utility to also own a water utility. With all required regulatory approvals now received, Aquarion will now operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eversource, whose footprint includes nearly 4 million electric..

Technology Helps Utility Reduce Response Time to Fix Water Main Breaks

ARCOS® LLC has implemented its ARCOS CallOut® and Scheduling solution at Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Tennessee American Water to automate how the utility’s distribution department responds to customer emergencies. For Tennessee American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, responding to emergencies i..

INGAA Announces Leadership Changes

The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) today announced the retirement of Terry Boss, senior vice president of environment, safety and operations, after a distinguished 33-year career in the pipeline industry, including 23 years with INGAA. Boss, who has led INGAA’s efforts on pip..

McElroy's DataLogger 6 to be Incorporated into Getac's ZX70 Tablet

McElroy has selected Getac’s ZX70 tablet to be incorporated into the company’s DataLogger 6 solution for quality assurance in the field. The ZX70 is a lightweight, 7-inch Android tablet whose fully-rugged design enables it to withstand the harshest conditions. It runs on the Android 6.0 platform and..

FERC Officially Has New Chairman

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today swore in Kevin J. McIntyre as chairman. McIntyre was nominated to the commission by President Donald J. Trump in August 2017 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Nov. 2, 2017. Previously, McIntyre was the co-leader of the global Energy Practice a..

New Hampshire Pipeline Would Bring in More Natural Gas

LONDONDERRY, N.H. (AP) — Liberty Utilities is working on a new project designed to bring more natural gas to New Hampshire residents and businesses. The project, called Granite Bridge, would bring in natural gas from existing infrastructure in the Seacoast to the central part of the state through a..

NASSCO Standard Bearers: Heather Myers

Growing up in Shippensburg, PA, I was lucky enough to have parents who fostered in me a love for culture and the arts. When I entered college, there was no question about my course of studies. I poured my fascination with dance, music, theatre, travel, language and food into the French for Internati..

Con Edison Wins ReliabilityOne Award for the Northeast Region

On Nov. 29, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana, PA Consulting Group, Inc. recognized Con Edison the recipient of the 2017 ReliabilityOne™ Award for Outstanding Reliability Performance in the Northeast Region. ReliabilityOne™ Awards are given annually to utilities achieving outstanding reliability perfor..

ACWA Elects New President

Members of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) today announced the election of Brent Hastey, chairman of the Yuba County Water District, to a two-year term as president of the statewide association. Steven LaMar, a director for Irvine Ranch Water District, was elected vice president...

Comcast to Expand Fiber Optic Network in Pennsylvania

Comcast Business today announced it will invest $450,000 to expand its fiber-optic cable network in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Capable of delivering up to 100 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) of network capacity, the fiber optic Ethernet network expansion will support advanced services and give Comca..

ACWA Honors Rowland Water District

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) has awarded its Huell Howser Best in Blue Award to the Rowland Water District for its innovative OPARC Fire Hydrant Maintenance Program that provides meaningful employment opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. The maintenance p..

Utility Fined for Gas Pipeline Safety Violations

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Northern Indiana Public Service Co. is paying a $900,000 fine after state regulators found that the utility failed to keep accurate maps and records of its underground natural gas lines. The settlement approved Wednesday by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission instruc..

New Commissioner Sworn in at FERC

On Nov. 29, 2017, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) swore in Richard Glick as Commissioner. Glick was nominated by President Donald J. Trump in August 2017 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Nov. 2, 2017. Before to joining the commission, Glick was general counsel for the Democrats o..

INTREN Promotes Hughes to Regional Vice President

INTREN LLC has promoted Sean Hughes, the company’s ComEd Account Manager, to Regional Vice President, Central Region, and will be reporting directly to President Lance Rosenmayer, effective immediately. “Sean brings years of operating experience and a deep commitment to our customers to this role,”..

LAN Honored for Work on Texas Water Pipeline Project

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Texas has awarded civil engineering firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) a gold medal for its work on the Layne water pipeline and infrastructure project. The award, given under the water and wastewater services category, will be presented ..

Idaho Commerce Department Director to Join Utility

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Department of Commerce Director Megan Ronk is stepping down to take a job with Idaho Power after nearly two years of leading the commerce department. Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter announced Monday that the department’s chief operating officer, Bobbi-Jo Meuleman, will take ..

Kansas Regulators to Review Westar Merger with Great Plains

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Shareholders overwhelmingly approved a proposed merger of Kansas’ largest electric company with a Missouri firm Tuesday, a move that aims to create a new unified company with a combined equity value of about $14 billion in a revised deal that still requires regulatory approval. ..

Avista Shareholders Approve Merger with Hydro One

Avista Corporation today announced its shareholders have approved the proposed acquisition of the company by Hydro One Limited. “We are pleased that our shareholders have demonstrated their strong support of this transaction and the value and benefits it will provide for all of our stakeholders,” A..

Westar Energy, Great Plains Energy Shareholders OK Merger

Westar Energy, Inc. and Great Plains Energy Incorporated, the parent company of Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L), today announced the companies’ shareholders have approved the proposals necessary for the merger between the two companies. “We are excited about today’s approval from shareholders of ..

TransCanada to Test Water in Drainage Ditch Near Pipeline Spill

AMHERST, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota official says TransCanada Corp. plans to test water from a drainage ditch near the site of a 210,000-gallon oil spill from the Keystone pipeline to determine if it is polluted. Brian Walsh, a manager at the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resou..

Company Halts Power Restoration Efforts in Puerto Rico over $83M Owed

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Whitefish Energy Holdings said late Monday that it was halting work to help restore power in Puerto Rico because the U.S. territory’s government has not paid crews as part of a contract that led to accusations of overcharging and incompetence and contributed to the resig..

Aegion Announces Leadership Changes

Aegion Corporation today announced that, effective Nov. 18, 2017, David A. Martin has resigned his positions as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and David F. Morris has been appointed as the company’s interim Chief Financial Officer. Following more than 20 years of dedicated ser..

Sale of Texas Water System Finalized

SJW Group has closed on the sale of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Texas Water Alliance Limited (TWA) to Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA). On Feb. 22, 2016, SJW Group entered into a Purchase and Sale Agreement with GBRA, pursuant to which SJW Group agreed to sell TWA to GBRA for $31,000,000. “..

Pipeline Upgrades Included in PG&E's Proposed Gas Transmission and Storage Plan

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today submitted a comprehensive proposal as part of its 2019-2021 Gas Transmission and Storage (GT&S) rate request to California regulators. The request outlines how the company will continue to achieve increased levels of gas safety by strengthening and moder..

Indiana American Water Acquires Georgetown Water System

Indiana American Water President Deborah Dewey today announced the company’s acquisition of Georgetown Water, a municipal water utility located in southern Indiana. The purchase of the system adds approximately 1,300 customers to the company’s customer base, which represents a population of approxim..

Vermeer Southeast Celebrates 50 Years in Business

Vermeer Southeast Sales and Service Inc. culminated a year-long celebration of 50 years of providing the Southeast with equipment, parts, service and solutions for the underground construction market and tree care industry. The company began operations in 1967 as part of an emerging sales and servi..