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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delmarva Power is asking Delaware regulators to approve higher base rates for the company's electric and natural gas customers.

Under rate proposals unveiled Tuesday, a typical residential customer's electric bill would increase by $10.23 per month, more than 7 percent higher than the existing rate.

The company is also seeking to increase its natural gas rates, which would result in a typical residential customer paying $13.55 more per month, more than 10 percent higher than the current rate.

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The Obama administration has decided against offshore drilling along southeast coastal areas.

And the announcement was hailed by environmentalists as a major victory.

The Assateague Coastal Trust issued a statement in which they said this was the result of a major effort by the coastal communities to speak out against oil and natural gas development.

The Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said that the decision would protect the sensitive areas while safely developing the nation’s energy resources.

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Accomack County officials gave a thumbs down to the federal government’s plan for offshore oil and natural gas exploration.

The vote on the Accomack County board of supervisors at the session was unanimous.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that during the meeting it was noted that Maryland and Delaware have both opted out of offshore exploration.

The federal government has included an area 50 miles off the Virginia coast as part of its draft version of the five year plan starting next year.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Seventeen groups in Virginia and West Virginia are seeking a say on a 301-mile natural gas pipeline that would carve a path through both states.

The groups are seeking so-called intervenor status with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in its review of the Mountain Valley pipeline.

The groups are opposed to the energy project, contending it would cause irreparable harm to the environment and private property. The groups include the Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club, Appalachian Voices and Chesapeake Climate Action, among others.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Hearings are scheduled this week on proposed new rules for oil and gas drilling in Virginia's coastal plain.

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy has scheduled hearings Monday and Tuesday in the Fredericksburg area and in Richmond.

The hearings will focus on proposed changes in so-called fracking, a drilling process that uses a cocktail of water and chemicals to free natural gas from shale.

Among the changes in proposed rules is the greater disclosure of those chemicals used in hydraulic fracking.

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VERONA, Va. (AP) - Dominion Resources Inc. has revised the route of a proposed natural gas pipeline in Augusta County to avoid a water supply.

The company tells multiple media outlets that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline's new route would affect 40 properties.

Dominion says the route will avoid the Lyndhurst Source Water Protection Area, also known as the Lyndhurst Well. It's the county's largest water supply.

County leaders had voiced concerns over possible contamination of the water supply.

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service has hundreds of concerns and comments on the prospect of a pipeline carrying natural gas through national forests in Virginia and West Virginia.

The comments by Forest Supervisor H. Thomas Speaks Jr. are addressed to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in response to filings by the builders of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The pipeline would transport fracked natural gas from West Virginia, through Virginia and into North Carolina.

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The Delaware legislature slipped $7.5 million into the state’s capital budget to provide a grant for a data center that has drawn some opposition from the residents of Middletown.

Representative Quinn Johnson, who represents the Middletown area, supports the data center and the power plant that goes along with it.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports that Pete Sullivan, a member of Residents Concerned About the Middletown Power Plant, said residents urged Johnson to oppose the measure in the budget.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline through Virginia are pressing Gov. Terry McAuliffe to join forces with them.

They delivered more than 5,000 signatures to the governor Tuesday demanding that he rescind his support of the $5 billion project.

McAuliffe supports the 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline and has called it a "game changer" that would bring deliver cheap natural gas and jobs. Opponents say the pipeline will hurt the environment and property values.

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OAKLAND, Md. (AP) - Real-estate brokers in far western Maryland are supporting a proposal in the Maryland General Assembly for an eight-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas pending further study.

The Garrett County Board of Realtors expressed concern Tuesday about the possible impact of fracking on public health. They say fears of health problems from well-water contamination can reduce home values by at least 20 percent.

Garrett County contains most of Maryland's share of the gas-rich Marcellus shale.

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Maryland and Delaware will not be participating in oil exploration off the Atlantic Coast.

But the state of Virginia will.

The Obama Administration recently announced that it is opening up the Atlantic Coast for off shore drilling – something that former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley came out against in a New York Times Op-Ed.

He said that the lessons of oil spills like the BP incident in the Gulf have been forgotten.

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Another Virginia county is opposing a proposed interstate natural gas pipeline.

Media outlets report that the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution opposing the Mountain Valley Pipeline on Tuesday.

Supervisors say they're concerned about the pipeline's route, which would take it near the Spring Hollow Reservoir. They also say they haven't had adequate input on the project.

Montgomery County supervisors approved a resolution opposing the pipeline's route in November.

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The town of Hurlock may turn to natural gas to cut its heating bills.

The Hurlock Citizens and Seniors Association would like to tap into a natural gas pipeline that runs through the town.

The group told WBOC that the pipeline has been sitting unused along the railroad line since 1860.

Chesapeake Utilities says two industrial companies have been using natural gas from the pipeline but believes that extending it to the rest of the town would be more difficult than installing it in newer developments.

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) - Dominion Resources is seeking permission to survey properties along the path of a proposed natural gas pipeline.

The News-Virginian reports that Dominion has sent letters to the owners of 3,331 tracts in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. The letters ask permission for Dominion employees to survey the properties.

So far, 72 percent of owners have given the company permission to survey. About 12 percent have declined.

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) - Dominion Resources is seeking permission to survey properties along the path of a proposed natural gas pipeline.

The News-Virginian reports that Dominion has sent letters to the owners of 3,331 tracts in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. The letters ask permission for Dominion employees to survey the properties.

So far, 72 percent of owners have given the company permission to survey. About 12 percent have declined.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has made energy a key component of his administration, promoting natural gas through the state and encouraging efficiency in response to climate change.

Wednesday, the Democrat is expected to outline his energy vision in great detail when he releases his energy plan for the state. Like his predecessor, McAuliffe has promoted an "all of the above" approach to energy development.

In June, McAuliffe established the Virginia Energy Council to develop recommendations for the plan, which is submitted to the General Assembly.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - More than two dozen activists have been arrested following a protest against plans to build a facility in Maryland to liquefy and export natural gas.

The protesters oppose the plans by Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion Resources to build the plant in Lusby, Maryland. They fear the plant will prove a boon to drillers who are using relatively new technology, commonly called fracking, to extract vast quantities of previously inaccessible fuel.

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FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) - A state panel developing recommendations for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in western Maryland is making progress toward a final report this fall.

The agenda for Friday's meeting in Frostburg includes a discussion of loose ends to be tied up before the panel completes its work.

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An underground pipeline running along Route 13 down to the town of Accomac could be carrying natural gas.

No vote has been taken on a franchise agreement between Somerset Utilities and Accomack County but several members of the Board of Supervisors say they like the idea.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that LVI Power would oversee the operation and manage the financial part of the business. 

Somerset County has already signed off on a similar agreement.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of Delaware's congressional delegation are joining state officials in celebrating the conversion of a coal-fired power plant in Dover to cleaner-burning natural gas.

Officials planned to gather Friday at the NRG Energy Center in Dover to tout the facility's conversion to a high-efficiency combined-cycle natural gas facility.

Officials say NRG worked for a year on the conversion, which they say will reduce air emissions while providing clean, reliable and cost-effective power.

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Dover will be getting a 309 megawatt natural gas power plant.

Calpine is expected to invest $300 million into the project and the project is estimated to bring in some $2.3 million to the local governments.

New plant is expected produced hundreds of job clean energy and cut customer jobs.

Governor Jack Markell called the plant a critical component for the First State’s effort to slash air pollution noting that emissions have declined over the last four years.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - State officials and several large businesses are talking about building a new pipeline to bring natural gas to Sussex County in greater quantities.

Delaware natural resources secretary Colin O'Mara tells The News Journal of Wilmington that state officials and Eastern Shore Natural Gas, a Dover-based pipeline construction company, are talking about building the new line south of Dover.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Fracking opponents have introduced of a bill calling for a state moratorium on the natural gas drilling technique until studies are completed on its impact.

Delegate Heather Mizeur introduced a House bill on Thursday. Mizeur says it calls for an 18-month moratorium to protect against immediate pressure to drill once the first round of studies on the issue is completed.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate and the House of Delegates have approved measures allowing natural gas companies to seek a surcharge of up to $2 on monthly gas bills to help recover costs for replacing aging infrastructure.

The Senate voted 35-12 on Thursday for the bill. The House vote was 120-17.

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Natural gas customers of Delmarva Power will see their rates go up.

The utility says it is hiking its rates on average monthly bill from $141 to $143 on an interim basis while the Public Service Commission reviews a rate hike request of $12 million or around 6 percent.

The temporary rates began on Tuesday.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is considering allowing natural gas companies to ask state regulators to impose a $2 surcharge on monthly bills to help recover costs for replacing aging infrastructure.

The Senate is scheduled to take up the bill on Tuesday.

Senators who back the measure say companies need to replace aging pipes to address safety concerns. Opponents say gas companies shouldn't be asking for extra money to do a job they should have been doing all along.

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Delmarva Power has asked for an increase in natural gas delivery rates that would increase residential rates by about 6.1 percent.

The utility made the request Friday to the

Delmarva Power has asked for an increase in natural gas delivery rates that would increase residential rates by about 6.1 percent.

The utility made the request Friday to the Delaware Public Service Commission.

Delmarva Power says the $12.1 million request would hike a residential natural gas customer's bill during heating season by $8.67 per month.

      

       DOVER, Del. (AP) - A panel headed by state Economic Development  Secretary Alan Levin is scheduled to hear a request this week from an energy company looking to build a natural-gas power plant in Dover.

 

 

          Dover’s Planning Commission has given the green light for a plan to build a state-of-the-art natural gas power plant.

            The vote was unanimous.

            The facility will be built on city land by Houston-based power firm Calpine Corporation.

            The plan calls for the construction of two 309-megawatt combined-cycle natural gas generators in two phases.

            It will be capable of powering some 180-thousand homes and is expected to be completed by the middle of 2015.

 

     DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Dover City Council committee has agreed to

commit $6 million for the infrastructure around a proposed

natural-gas power plant.

     The News Journal of Wilmington, Del.

(http://tinyurl.com/8yente3), reports the money would cover half of

the estimated costs of improvements proposed by Calpine Corp.,

which plans to build a 300-megawatt plant. The action Monday must

be ratified by the council.

     Calpine and city officials are trying to obtain the rest of the