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By Kevin L. McQuaid and Kevin L. McQuaid,SUN STAFF | November 2, 1996
A Philadelphia power company has emerged as the winner in a contest to lure natural gas customers in the Washington suburbs, one of the first instances nationwide of utility industry competition.Of the 6,600 Prince George's and Montgomery County residents eligible to participate in a voluntary pilot program to select natural gas suppliers set up by state regulators, Peco Energy Co. subsidiary Horizon Energy garnered more than half, signing up 3,693 households by the deadline yesterday.But the victory carried an expensive price tag. Horizon estimates it spent nearly $500,000 to convince residents to switch, including money for advertising, the creation of a computer home page on the World Wide Web, mailings and research.
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By Charles S. Faddis and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 30, 2010
Liquefied natural gas, or LNG, is a highly dangerous substance that needs to be handled with extreme care. To form LNG, natural gas, which is naturally a vapor, is cooled to form a liquid, which occupies much less space than it does as a gas. In fact, its volume is only about one six-hundredth of what it was before it was liquefied. If ruptured, an LNG storage tank will begin to spew this liquefied natural gas onto the ground or the water around it. No matter how cold it is, the temperature outside the tank will be much warmer than that inside the tank, which is cooled to negative 260 degrees Fahrenheit.
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By KEVIN L. MCQUAID and KEVIN L. MCQUAID,SUN STAFF | February 12, 1996
The Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., deeply enmeshed in completing a merger with the Potomac Electric Power Co., is considering a similar future alliance with the Washington area's primary natural gas supplier, company sources said.Although BGE has yet to hold formal talks with the Washington Gas Light Co., several "high-level discussions" on the subject have occurred internally at the $8.1 billion utility.But a top Washington Gas official said last week that such a combination between the $1.3 billion gas supplier and Constellation Energy Corp.
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By DAN THANH DANG | March 16, 2008
There are a handful of numbers that can make a grown guy groan. Age. Weight. Cholesterol. Your 401(k) balance. But Prince George's County resident Quang Le discovered a truly frightening number recently when he went online, clicked on his bakery/deli business's Washington Gas bill for January and did a double-take. He saw "Total Due" followed by "$14,020.85." "I was expecting $1,300 since we had a busy month," Le said of the bakery's extra prep time to make banh chung, traditional Vietnamese Tet cakes, in time for February's New Year's celebrations.
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | July 8, 2005
The federal government is investigating claims that the nation's largest liquid natural gas terminal, located in southern Maryland, is importing a corrosive fuel that may have helped to cause hundreds of gas leaks in Prince George's County. Among the incidents under scrutiny is a March 28 explosion that flattened a four-bedroom brick home in the District Heights section of the county. The family was out at the time of the blast. Officials with Washington Gas, which supplies fuel to about 1 million homes near the District of Columbia, said yesterday that the abnormal chemical composition of gas imported through the Cove Point terminal in Calvert County was a "key contributing factor" in making rubber seals deteriorate.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | April 1, 2000
A state bill that would add consumer protections to Maryland's deregulated natural gas market won final passage in the Maryland General Assembly yesterday. The legislation, if signed by Gov. Parris N. Glendening, will grant the Maryland Public Service Commission the authority to license gas suppliers, as well as the authority to enforce comprehensive consumer protections. A Washington-based utility failed to gain support for an amendment that would have scaled back the bill. Washington Gas Light Co., which has 350,000 gas customers in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, said the consumer protections offered in the bill would be too sweeping and might require gas suppliers to raise rates.
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August 5, 1992
Thomas Duckenfield, a former president of the National Bar Association, died of meningitis while hospitalized in Washington. was 57.Mr. Duckenfield, a District of Columbia resident since 1960, died Friday at the Washington Hospital Center.He served as the 47th president of the association, which is the nation's largest professional organization of black judges, legal scholars and law students. He also served as president of the Washington Bar Association.At the time of his death, Mr. Duckenfield was vice president and general manager of the D.C. Division of Washington Gas and president of the Maryland-D.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | March 2, 2000
A group of natural gas suppliers opposed parts of a proposed state bill yesterday that would add consumer protections to Maryland's deregulated gas market, saying the changes would require them to raise rates. The legislation, proposed by Sen. Brian E. Frosh, would grant licensing authority for gas suppliers to the Maryland Public Service Commission, as well as the authority to enforce comprehensive consumer protections. Gas-deregulation efforts in the state "are generally successful, but there's no clear legislative oversight," said Frosh, a Montgomery County Democrat.
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By Kevin L. McQuaid and Kevin L. McQuaid,SUN STAFF | September 3, 1996
In what is expected to become the opening salvo in the battle of utility deregulation in Maryland, residential customers in Prince George's and Montgomery counties will be barraged beginning later this week with options for purchasing natural gas.The chance to switch from Washington Gas Light Co. to a bevy of competing gas suppliers stems from a pilot program approved in June by the state's Public Service Commission. Under the two-year program, 6,600 Washington Gas customers will have the opportunity to choose between a dozen qualified gas suppliers for service beginning in November.
BUSINESS
December 19, 1992
Bush, Major seek trade pushPresident Bush and British Prime Minister John Major called yesterday for completion of global trade talks in Geneva by the middle of January. Mr. Bush and Mr. Major spoke after a meeting at the White House that also included European Community Commission President Jacques Delors.The GATT talks have been at an impasse, with speculation growing that it could not be resolved before Mr. Bush leaves office. The talks had all but broken down over a U.S.-EC dispute on ending farm subsidies.
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By PAUL ADAMS and PAUL ADAMS,SUN REPORTER | June 20, 2006
Lawmakers seeking to protect consumers from a 72 percent electric rate increase may have inadvertently increased the chance that Baltimore Gas and Electric and its corporate parent, Constellation Energy Group, have few strong competitors in the state's energy market. The legislation that was approved last week in a special session of the General Assembly and that will be debated today at a public hearing led by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. softened the initial impact of a rate increase for BGE customers.
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | July 10, 2005
The dispute over whether imported liquid natural gas helped cause an estimated 1,400 gas leaks in Prince George's County underscores the need for more uniform national fuel standards, an industry group said. "Liquid natural gas is an important part of the supply picture, and we need to know that when it's used, it's fully compatible," with pipeline and distribution systems, Melissa Marion, communications coordinator for the National Gas Supply Association, said Friday. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is working on new regulations for natural gas to make sure that fuel imported from different parts of the world and processed in different ways doesn't cause problems because of varying chemical composition, said an agency spokesman.
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | July 8, 2005
The federal government is investigating claims that the nation's largest liquid natural gas terminal, located in southern Maryland, is importing a corrosive fuel that may have helped to cause hundreds of gas leaks in Prince George's County. Among the incidents under scrutiny is a March 28 explosion that flattened a four-bedroom brick home in the District Heights section of the county. The family was out at the time of the blast. Officials with Washington Gas, which supplies fuel to about 1 million homes near the District of Columbia, said yesterday that the abnormal chemical composition of gas imported through the Cove Point terminal in Calvert County was a "key contributing factor" in making rubber seals deteriorate.
NEWS
December 9, 2000
Gas deregulation won't leave buyers out in the cold The Sun's recent report about natural gas suppliers leaving the Central Maryland market leaves the impression that residential customers have few, if any, options ("Natural gas options vanish into the ether," Nov. 26). The article did not mention the natural gas marketers who remain in the residential program and are committed to facing the challenges of higher natural gas prices, competition and serving this market. As deregulation evolves and more consumers choose their natural gas supplier, success takes capital and long-term commitment.
BUSINESS
By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF | November 26, 2000
As the cost of home heating continues to climb this winter, half of the alternative natural gas suppliers in Central Maryland have abandoned the residential market, leaving thousands of customers to contend with higher prices and fewer choices while searching for new contracts. With full natural gas deregulation in only its second winter in the Baltimore region, at least six gas companies have stopped offering residential service and terminated what in most cases were supposed to be guaranteed year-long, fixed-price contracts with customers.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2000
In the Region Washington Gas to enter retail electric power market in July Washington Gas Energy Services, an unregulated affiliate of Washington Gas Light Co., has announced an alliance with an Atlanta company to help WGES enter Maryland's deregulated electric market in July. Southern Company Energy Marketing will provide wholesale power supply to WGES. Southern Company Energy Marketing is owned by Southern Energy Inc. -- the largest producer of electricity in the U.S. -- and Vastar Resources Inc. WGES serves more than 115,000 customers in Maryland, Virginia and Washington.
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | July 10, 2005
The dispute over whether imported liquid natural gas helped cause an estimated 1,400 gas leaks in Prince George's County underscores the need for more uniform national fuel standards, an industry group said. "Liquid natural gas is an important part of the supply picture, and we need to know that when it's used, it's fully compatible," with pipeline and distribution systems, Melissa Marion, communications coordinator for the National Gas Supply Association, said Friday. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is working on new regulations for natural gas to make sure that fuel imported from different parts of the world and processed in different ways doesn't cause problems because of varying chemical composition, said an agency spokesman.
BUSINESS
By Ross Hetrick and Ross Hetrick,Sun Staff Reporter | June 1, 1994
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce, which primarily represents business interests in the state General Assembly, has selected a Washington-area utility executive to lead the organization for the next two years.Wayne A. Mills, vice president and general manager of the Maryland division of Washington Gas Light Co., a natural gas utility, was elected to the nonpaying chairman position at a meeting of the chamber's board on May 4, according to Gene Bracken, a spokesman for the chamber.Mr. Mills, 51, who has been on the chamber's board for two years, has worked for Washington Gas for 32 years and has headed the Maryland division since 1989.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | April 1, 2000
A state bill that would add consumer protections to Maryland's deregulated natural gas market won final passage in the Maryland General Assembly yesterday. The legislation, if signed by Gov. Parris N. Glendening, will grant the Maryland Public Service Commission the authority to license gas suppliers, as well as the authority to enforce comprehensive consumer protections. A Washington-based utility failed to gain support for an amendment that would have scaled back the bill. Washington Gas Light Co., which has 350,000 gas customers in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, said the consumer protections offered in the bill would be too sweeping and might require gas suppliers to raise rates.
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