Regulators approve Duke Energy rate decrease

first_imgPlainfield, In. — Indiana utility regulators approved an agreement between Duke Energy and consumer groups to lower customer electric rates using savings from the new federal tax law. The move will mean a 5.6 percent average rate reduction for Duke Energy Indiana customers by 2020, with most of the savings beginning in 2018.Additional savings as a result of the federal tax act and the settlement will be reflected in future filings before state utility regulators. The amount of the tax savings will vary by customer class. Average residential customers using 1,000 kilowatt-hours a month will save $7.33 on their monthly electric bills by 2020.Duke Energy, the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, the Indiana Industrial Group and Nucor Steel submitted the agreement to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission in late June. The agreement outlined how to pass along to customers the benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which federal lawmakers passed in late 2017.“This is an important agreement, and the commission’s approval allows us to begin passing along savings to customers immediately and ensure they see the benefit of the new federal tax law,” said Duke Energy Indiana President Melody Birmingham-Byrd. “It’s a unique opportunity to lower electric rates and help offset other costs.”Duke Energy began reflecting the lower federal tax rate in customer bills earlier in 2018 as it filed new electric bill riders with the state utility regulatory commission. In addition to the tax reductions in bill riders, the settlement agreement reduces base rates in September 2018 to reflect the lower tax rate. The agreement also includes refunds of accumulated deferred taxes in 2018 and 2020.last_img read more

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Three England teams contest European medals

first_img England’s boys and women’s teams spearheaded the country’s challenge at the European championships, both taking first place in their qualifying events. The boys, playing at Pickala in Finland, led the qualifiers for the championship matchplay on 11-under par and now play Norway. The women, playing at Helsingor Golf Club, Denmark, topped their qualifying on level par and will play Ireland. England’s men will also contest the medals in their championship, qualifying in seventh place for the knock-out stage – and also face Ireland. Their championship is at Halmstad Golf Club, Sweden. The England girls’ team just missed out on a place in the top flight, qualifying ninth at Kaskada Golf Club in the Czech Republic. They will play for place and their first opponents are Belgium. Only the top eight qualifiers at each championship go forward to contest the medals. The boys were three-under par in yesterday’s first round and eight-under today, helped by 68s from both Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park) and Will Enefer (Wrekin).  They finished the qualifying stage eight shots clear of second placed Denmark. Team manager Derek Hughes commented: “All the boys contributed to the team total over the two rounds, which is pleasing. It was a good, solid performance all round, “We are looking forward to the matchplay stage, starting tomorrow and it will be a keen contest.” The women’s team were three-under today, finishing on level par, helped by a bogey-free, four-under 67 from Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) and 69s from Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) and Bronte Law (Bramhall). The men’s team were 10 over, with a daily total of four-over and six-over, but Jimmy Mullen (Royal North Devon) was one-under today and Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park), was level. The teams: Boys: Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park), Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood), Harry Hall (West Cornwall), Will Enefer (Wrekin), Jamie Li (Bath) and Matty Lamb (Hexham). Men: Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park), Nick Marsh (Huddersfiled), Jimmy Mullen (Royal North Devon), Ben Taylor (Walton Heath), Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park) and Sean Towndrow (Southport & Aisndale). Women:  Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest), Hayley Davis (Ferndown), Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted), Bronte Law (Bramhall), Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) and Charlotte Thomas of Singapore. Girls: Emma Allen (Meon Valley), Annabel Bailey (Kirby Muxloe), Sammy Fuller (Roehampton), Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe), Hollie Muse (West Lancashire) and Lizzie Prior (Burhill). Click here for full scores 8 Jul 2015 Three England teams contest European medals last_img read more

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Thurston County Propane Or Heating Oil: Will Call vs. Auto Delivery…

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0Submitted By: ACMEIf you have propane or heating oil at your home, you most likely have an account for service at one or more fuel companies.  You have two main delivery options: 1) will call : this is where you are responsible for monitoring your tank level and you notify your company when you need fuel delivery,  or  2) automatic delivery service : this is where the fuel company takes the responsibility for monitoring the amount of fuel you use and provides automated delivery to you to prevent you from running out of fuel.While I cannot speak for other service providers, at Acme Fuel, we are pleased to serve both types of accounts. We maintain the highest service priority to those customers who choose the Auto Fill service as they have requested that we assume the responsibility for maintaining adequate fuel levels for them. We also are committed to making sure our Auto Fill customers receive the most competitive pricing available.  When the snow hits, like it has recently, we will do everything we can to ensure the Auto Fill customers do not run out of fuel.  We also strive to maintain a high level of commitment to our Will Call customers, but understandably during times of extremely high demand, these customers may need to temporarily wait for fuel delivery until things settle down.If an Auto Fill customer calls to notify us that they are very low or out of fuel, we will get our truck out there immediately – weekends, evenings, holidays, etc – at no extra charge.  If we are unable to get to the fuel tank due to snow, we will use 10 gallon containers to bring in enough fuel to get the customer by until conditions allow for our trucks to reach them.  We will also provide this service to our Will Call customers in the same situation but an overtime charge does apply.If you ever have any questions or would like any more information, you can call our office at 360-943-1133 or visit our website at www.acmefuel.com.last_img read more

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Atlantic Highlands and County Mull Traffic Fixes

first_imgBy John Burton |ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS — A resident-drafted plan intended to offer some traffic and parking relief for the borough’s First Avenue doesn’t have county officials’ support.“I’d say the plan would not gain county approval at this point,” said borough administrator Adam Hubeny.First Avenue, which is the borough’s main business thoroughfare, is a county roadway and comes under the county purview.Hubeny, Mayor Rhonda “Randi” Le Grice and Police Chief Jerry Vasto joined county engineers and representatives from the county Public Works Department earlier this month to discuss traffic, pedestrian and vehicular safety issues for the borough, particularly those facing the borough’s commercial district. During conversations with county representatives, the “loop proposal,” as it’s become known locally, came up. However, Le Grice acknowledged, county engineers rejected the proposal because the engineers felt it wasn’t in compliance with the county standards. “And the county found many flaws in the plan,” Hubeny acknowledged.Borough resident Mark Fisher undertook looking into the issue that has been increasingly of concern to borough officials: namely tackling traffic and insufficient parking along First Avenue.Fisher drew up a series of plans and accompanying PowerPoint presentations that involved making a portion of First Avenue one way moving east toward the municipal harbor and Seastreak commuter ferry dock. To compensate for that, Fisher’s plan would create a loop, having traffic on a portion of Hennessey Boulevard, a parallel street just north of First Avenue, flow one way in the opposite, westerly direction.In addition to the new traffic pattern, Fisher’s plan called for angling parking spaces on the one-way portions of First and Hennessey to 60 degrees. That, Fisher had said, would allow for additional spaces in the increasingly busy commercial district.The problem for county engineers, though, is that to allow angled parking would require a separate back-out lane, according to county guidelines. “And the street is just not wide enough for that,” Hubeny said.“I just get the feeling there aren’t too many one-way roads that have been approved by them,” Le Grice said, referring to county engineers, who seemed disinclined to allow one-way traffic. When Fisher’s proposal was introduced in May, Le Grice told The Two River Times she was intrigued, especially as it was a relatively easy and inexpensive way to increase parking and address congestion.“It is a big disappointment,” Fisher acknowledged, noting he had asked but wasn’t allowed to participate in the meeting earlier this month.Fisher isn’t a traffic engineer but said he had dedicated approximately 200 hours researching and drafting his plan, saying he wanted to offer some, however marginal, remedy. Like many residents, Fisher had become concerned about traffic safety and the parking spill over into residential neighborhoods adjacent to the commercial district, Le Grice explained.Le Grice said she and others will continue to consider installing angled parking on Hennessey Boulevard, since the borough does “have control over that.”Borough officials and county representatives discussed other traffic calming initiatives as speed humps, flashing pedestrian crossing lights (such as the one recently installed in the vicinity of Portland Pointe housing complex), additional crosswalks, and signage.“However,” Le Grice noted, “we have to come up with the money” for those measures.Monmouth County Engineer Joseph Ettore did not respond to repeated requests for an interview for this story.Le Grice said traffic enforcement will be ramped up to deal with speeding along the roadway. According to Fisher, when he had conducted a series of public presentations on his plan, questionnaires filled out by residents overwhelmingly said speeding and pedestrian safety were leading issues.As for parking, some spaces will be added at the eastern end of First Avenue by restriping in the area of the Hesse building, Le Grice said. But with substantial mixed-use residential and commercial developments moving forward in the district, more businesses coming into the community, and the demands for commuter parking for the ferry, Le Grice said parking is something that will have to be handled if progress is to continue.And that could mean talking about building a garage, the mayor added.“We got to have that conversation,” she said. “We got to look ahead.”This article was first published in the Aug. 24-31, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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SCOTIA BANK STEPS TO THE PLATE FOR STUDENT ATHLETES:

first_imgThe Bomber Baseball program is very thankful for the efforts of the Scotia Bank Team helping to keep the cost of playing reasonable for the student athlete.Again the Bomber Baseball program want to thank the Scotia Bank for their support. The Nelson/Trail Scotia bank has been a strong supporter of the L. V. Rogers High School baseball program for the past couple of years.Again this year they stepped up to help the team with their fundraising, seen here are members of the Scotia Bank team giving a cheque to two Bomber players, the cheque matched the amount raised by the team during two fund raisers.last_img

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