500 Executives and Thought Leaders From Leading Energy Companies Gather to Analyze and Discuss Plans to Buy, Sell and Transport Natural Gas in the Northeast Market

HOUSTON (PRWEB) May 21, 2018

Over five hundred industry professionals will convene in June in Boston to analyze and discuss the Northeast natural gas market and conduct business. The 23rd Annual LDC Gas Forum Northeast takes place June 11 – 13 in Boston. This is the premiere gathering for natural gas industry professionals, which is much more than simply a conference in that business transactions actually take place.

The Northeast region is one of the most dynamic natural gas markets in the U.S. While the Northeast has historically been the largest demand location for natural gas, the dramatic ramp up of shale driven supply from the nearby Marcellus/Utica producing formations has literally turned this market on its ear.

Historical pipeline transportation paths are being re-plumbed to move supply from the Northeast to serve demand further south, north and west. Natural gas fired power generation is growing substantially as it displaces coal. New LNG export facilities have come on stream.

Dawn Constantin, SVP Marketing & Regulatory Affairs, BP Energy, provides a keynote presentation on the market, from the perspective of one of the industry’s largest integrated energy companies with significant, producing, midstream and marketing assets.

Dr. Jim Duncan, Director, Market Research, ConocoPhillips, a perennial audience favorite, provides a lively keynote presentation offering his unique perspective on this region, considering a variety of influences including ongoing supply/demand balance gyrations, midstream buildout progress, policy, regulation, and weather.

Jim Simpson, President, East Daley Capital Advisors, provides a keynote presentation examining the new paradigm in natural gas commodity analytics. East Daley, a leading energy assets research firm, focuses on exposing the complex risks in the midstream energy market.

The program also includes six Panel presentations on a variety of topics with a total of 33 speakers. Panel topics include Market Dynamics/Fundamentals; New Technologies; Midstream Project Updates; and Gas Buyer’s Perspectives. Panelists include executives from leading industry players including: Dominion Energy Transmission, EDF Trading, Emera Energy, TransCanada, Portland Natural Gas Transmission System, Crestwood Midstream Partners, Statoil ENGIE Gas & LNG, Equinor Natural Gas, Millennium Pipeline, NextEra Energy, Enbridge, and NEXUS Gas Transmission.

This Forum focuses on the Northeast U.S. market, while four other Forums throughout the year address other key regions across the continent. 

Participants at the Forums include market leaders, decision makers and subject matter experts. Industry segments represented include utilities, industrial gas consumers, producers, pipelines, marketers, regulators and analysts. The 2 1/2 day format is carefully structured for participants to hear from industry authorities about market developments, network with existing and new colleagues, and ultimately conclude transactions involving purchase, sale and transportation of natural gas.


Even in today's digital age, natural gas market participants appreciate a venue that facilitates face-to-face interaction. The LDC Gas Forum is uniquely structured to meet this requirement and has been the venue of choice for decades. Registration is still available at http://www.ldcgasforums.com/ne/


The LDC Gas Forums and the US-Mexico Natural Gas Forum are the premiere regional events where the Natural Gas Industry meets. This is where buyers and sellers meet and do business. Thousands of attendees attend one or more of the five regional Forums across the continent to discuss vital regional and national issues affecting all aspects of the natural gas marketplace. Timely panel discussions featuring key industry authorities focus on important questions facing buyers, sellers transport operators and other market stakeholders in the competitive energy markets. Topics include: Supply & Demand, Financial Outlook, Pipeline, Storage and Infrastructure Projects, LNG markets, Gas/Electric coordination, Regulatory Updates, Gas Buyer Insights, Industry Transformations, Risk Analysis and Hedging Strategies, International perspectives, and Energy Geopolitics.


Vast networking opportunities give you access to your clients, prospects, and peers to further explore relevant issues in your region.


The LDC Gas Forums: Southeast, Northeast, Mid-Continent, Rockies & West and the US-Mexico Natural Gas Forum


Where the Natural Gas Industry Gathers: Networking – Insights – Deal-Making



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L.L.Bean and Maine Audubon to Host David Allen Sibley at Birding Festival

(PRWEB) May 21, 2018

Outdoor retailer L.L.Bean is partnering with Maine Audubon this weekend to host their fourth annual Birding Festival, May 25-27. The event will feature educational presentations on birds and bats, as well as guided birding walks in diverse ecosystems from Freeport to Mohegan Island.

The featured speaker will be David Allen Sibley, author of The Sibley Guide to Birds, the fastest selling bird book in history, used by millions of birders from novices to experts. Sibley will speak on the psychology of bird identification at the L.L.Bean Flagship store on Saturday, May 26 at 6:00 p.m. Using photos, drawings, and tests, Sibley will demonstrate how human perception of the world around us both helps and hinders bird identification.

Festival participants of all ages can take part in birding activities on the L.L.Bean Freeport campus all weekend, as well as venture out to nearby woods and waters with experts from Maine Audubon and L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Programs.

"Maine Audubon is all about connecting people to nature," said Maine Audubon Staff Naturalist Doug Hitchcox. "Every year, the Birding Festival is an excellent opportunity to do exactly that. The diversity of trips and programming throughout the weekend means there is a chance for everyone – whatever your age or experience level – to learn about the wonders of birds and birding."

A full schedule of events and activities is online at http://www.llbean.com/birding

About L.L.Bean, Inc.

L.L.Bean, Inc. is a leading multichannel merchant of quality outdoor gear and apparel. Founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean, the company began as a one-room operation selling a single product, the Maine Hunting Shoe. Still family owned, Shawn Gorman, great grandson of Leon Leonwood Bean, was named Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2013. While its business has grown over the years, L.L.Bean continues to uphold the values of its founder, including his dedication to quality, customer service and a love of the outdoors. In the past five years, L.L.Bean has donated over $6 million toward conservation and land stewardship. L.L.Bean currently operates 39 stores in 17 states across the United States, along with 25 stores in Japan. The 220,000-sq. ft. L.L.Bean retail store campus in Freeport, ME, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and welcomes more than 3 million visitors every year. L.L.Bean can be found worldwide at http://www.llbean.com, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram.

About Maine Audubon

Maine Audubon is building a community of people who understand that when Maine’s wildlife thrives, Maine thrives. Since 1843, we have been connecting people to nature through a science-based approach to conservation, education, and advocacy. The state’s largest wildlife conservation organization, Maine Audubon has seven chapters, eight wildlife sanctuaries, 10,000 members, and serves over 50,000 people annually. maineaudubon.org

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Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States completes its review of the proposed merger of Hydro One and Avista

Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States completes its review of the proposed merger of Hydro One and Avista

Canada NewsWire

TORONTO and SPOKANE, WA, May 21, 2018 /CNW/ - Hydro One Limited (“Hydro One”) (TSX: H) and Avista Corporation (“Avista”) (NYSE: AVA) announced today that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) has completed its review of the proposed merger, and has concluded that there are no unresolved national security concerns with respect to the transaction.

Applications for regulatory approval of the transaction are still pending with utility commissions in Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Montana. An all-parties, all-issues settlement agreement was filed with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission on March 27, 2018.  An all-parties, all-issues settlement agreement was filed with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska on April 3, 2018. An all-parties, all-issues settlement agreement was filed with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission on April 13, 2018. A settlement agreement with the City of Colstrip was filed with the Montana Public Service Commission on May 15, 2018. A settlement in principle with all parties in the Oregon proceeding has been reached and the parties intend to file a full settlement with the Public Utility Commission of Oregon later this month.

Hydro One and Avista received the Federal Communications Commission’s consent on May 4, 2018 to close their merger and antitrust clearance on April 5, 2018 after the expiration of the waiting period under the U.S. Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended. The transaction received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on January 16, 2018 and from Avista shareholders on November 21, 2017.  Also required is the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions. Hydro One and Avista continue to anticipate closing the transaction in the second half of 2018.

About Hydro One Limited

We are Ontario’s largest electricity transmission and distribution provider with more than 1.3 million valued customers, over C$25 billion in assets and 2017 annual revenues of nearly C$6 billion. Our team of over 7,400 skilled and dedicated regular and non-regular employees proudly and safely serves suburban, rural and remote communities across Ontario through our 30,000 circuit km of high-voltage transmission and 123,000 circuit km of primary distribution networks. Hydro One is committed to the communities we serve, and has been rated as the top utility in Canada for its corporate citizenship, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. We are one of only five utility companies in Canada to achieve the Sustainable Electricity Company designation from the Canadian Electricity Association. We also provide advanced broadband telecommunications services on a wholesale basis utilizing our extensive fibre optic network through Hydro One Telecom Inc. Hydro One Limited’s common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: H).

Forward-Looking Statements and Information

This press release and the joint application and settlement agreement to which it refers may contain “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “attempt,” “may,” “plan,” “will”, “can”, “believe,” “seek,” “estimate,” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking information. These statements are not guarantees of future performance or actions and involve assumptions and risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed, implied or forecasted in such forward-looking information. Some of the factors that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from the results expressed, implied or forecasted by such forward-looking information, including some of the assumptions used in making such statements, are discussed more fully in Hydro One’s filings with the securities regulatory authorities in Canada, which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Hydro One does not intend, and it disclaims any obligation, to update any forward-looking information, except as required by law.

About Avista Corporation

Avista Corporation is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities is our operating division that provides electric service to 382,000 customers and natural gas to 347,000 customers. Its service territory covers 30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon, with a population of 1.6 million. Alaska Energy and Resources Company is an Avista subsidiary that provides retail electric service in the city and borough of Juneau, Alaska, through its subsidiary Alaska Electric Light and Power Company. Avista stock is traded under the ticker symbol “AVA.” For more information about Avista, please visit www.myAvista.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding the company’s current expectations. Forward-looking statements are all statements other than historical facts. Such statements speak only as of the date of the news release and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the company’s control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations. These risks and uncertainties include, in addition to those discussed herein, all of the factors discussed in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2017 and the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended  Dec. 31, 2017.

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