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Kinder Morgan can start work ‘immediately’ on pipeline through Hill Countruy, judge rules

An order from a federal judge has cleared the way for Kinder Morgan to begin construction of the Hill Country portion of Kinder Morgan Inc.’s Permian Highway Pipeline.

Several Central Texas government entities tried unsuccessfully to place a temporary restraining order on the construction of the Hill Country stretch of the 430-mile natural gas pipeline slated to run across the state.

The order came Feb. 14 from U.S District Court Judge Robert Pitman of the Western District of Texas, Austin Division.…

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San Antonio could soon join over 30 other clean cities in the state

San Antonio could soon move one step closer to establishing a program that helps fund water and energy-saving projects for property owners.

At at Feb. 20 meeting, city council members will consider a resolution that establishes a property assessed clean energy (PACE) program in San Antonio. PACE programs are meant to make it easier for commercial, industrial and multi-family building owners to take out loans to fund property upgrades that reduce energy or water usage.

The loans are taken out through…

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Local CEO takes on CEOs for Sustainability co-chair role

CEOs for Sustainability, a committee of regional company leaders led by Sustainable Pittsburgh, named Duquesne Light Company President and CEO Steve Malnight as co-chair, according to a news release. 

 

A few months ago, CEOs for Sustainability launched an initiative challenging local businesses to pledge to submit their sustainability goals and report progress back to Sustainable Pittsburgh. 

 

Malnight also serves in a leadership role on the Allegheny Conference on Community Development’s…

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Barnwell Industries reports reduced net loss in Q4

Barnwell Industries, Inc. (NYSE: BRN) saw a net loss of $414,000, or $0.05 per share, for the three months ending in December 2019, the drilling oil and gas wells company announced this week.

The net loss signals somewhat good news for the company, after suffering a net loss of $4.6 million, or $0.56 per share at the same time in the year prior.

Alexander Kinzler, CEO of Barnwell, said in a statement that the reduction in the company’s loss for the quarter was in part due to a $1.1 million improvement…

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Pupu Platter 198: How much to worry about coronavirus in Hawaii?

What, me worry?

I have no idea how much to worry about coronavirus. On one hand, I’m pretty confident that the Chinese government is underplaying the scope of the disease. On the other hand, I’m well aware of my own industry’s tendency toward breathless alarmism. Do those two phenomena cancel each other out?

At this writing, 35 people in Hawaii are under self-quarantine, one is under mandatory quarantine.

Hawaii history note: Sand Island was known in the 19th century as Quarantine Island.…

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Pupu Platter: How much to worry about coronavirus in Hawaii?

What, me worry?

I have no idea how much to worry about coronavirus. On one hand, I’m pretty confident that the Chinese government is underplaying the scope of the disease. On the other hand, I’m well aware of my own industry’s tendency toward breathless alarmism. Do those two phenomena cancel each other out?

At this writing, 35 people in Hawaii are under self-quarantine, one is under mandatory quarantine.

Hawaii history note: Sand Island was known in the 19th century as Quarantine Island.…

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Oregon House passes bill to aid low-income utility ratepayers

A bill that could help low-income Oregonians pay their energy utility bills cleared the House on Friday.

House Bill 4067, which would give the Public Utility Commission flexibility to consider ways to make energy more affordable to “energy burdened” low-income households, moved onto the Senate on a 44-10 vote.

As it stands, the PUC has to treat all customers the same as it regulates rates for investor-owned utilities such as Portland General Electric, Pacific Power and NW Natural.

But thousands…

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