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Piedmont Natural Gas to seek NC rate hike

Piedmont Natural Gas will ask for a rate hike in North Carolina this spring — its first in the state in six years.

The Charlotte-based gas utility will file preliminary notice of its request with the N.C. Utilities Commission next month. The full rate proposal will be filed in April.

Piedmont says it cannot yet disclose what kind of increase it will seek or when the rates might go into effect. But if the proceedings follow the commission’s normal course for rate cases, any new rates approved…

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Frac sand fraudster sentenced to 6 years in prison

A San Antonio man who operated a frac sand transportation company will spend the next six years in prison after a judge sentenced him for cheating investors out of $3.6 million.

Reynaldo Jesus Peralez, who goes by Sonny, pleaded guilty in April to pretending to have contracts with oilfield service companies in the Permian Basin when he and his company, Bohannon Oil Services LLC, had no such contracts.

He also told investors that he was buying trucks to move frac sand in the shale for $45,000 to…

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Head of Hawaii Green Growth to join HEI board

Hawaiian Electric Industries has named three new independent directors, including Hawaii Green Growth Executive Director Celeste Connors, who will be nominated to the board at the company’s 2019 annual meeting.

Connors, a former Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State, has since 2015 headed Hawaii Green Growth, a public-private partnership that works to achieve global sustainability goals.

Mary Powell, president and CEO of Green Mountain Power in Vermont, and Jim Scilacci, former…

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