Jerry Bohnen

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Corporation Commissioners keep their headquarters closed

  The COVID-19 pandemic has forced Oklahoma Corporation Commissioners to extend their early-March order to close the Jim Thorpe headquarters to the public. In a Tuesday meeting, commissioners voted 3-0 to extend the order to November 15. It was their fourth extension of the original order. Tim Rhodes, Director of Administration informed commissioners that work …

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Dallas to Houston high speed train approved by feds

  The high-speed train that promises to transport passengers between Dallas and Houston in 90 minutes has been approved by the Federal Railroad Administration, according to Texas Central Railroad, the company in charge of the project. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration issued the two key rulings, which provide the regulatory framework and the …

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Evergy’s solar demand charge was ruled illegal, but it’s still being collected

  Evergy’s continued collection of a demand charge on solar customers, a charge ruled illegal by the Kansas Supreme Court, has drawn more criticism. The company maintains it will continue collection of the charge until February. Click here to read more from Solar Builder.  

Records reflect important of Horn’s reelection to Democrats

  The reelection of Oklahoma Democrat Rep. Kendra Horn is reported to be one emphasized by the national Democratic party. A review of campaign contributions, based on records with the Federal Election Commission show Horn, who is seeking at second term as the fifth district representative has outraised Republican state Rep. Stephanie Bice by a …

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Democrats’ clean energy bill includes amendments from OK Reps

  While the White House has already threatened to veto a sprawling clean energy package proposed by Democrats, the House Rules Committee lined up 98 amendments to be heard this week including three by Oklahoma Representatives. Republican Rep. Frank Lucas offered two amendments which according  to the committee will get 10 minutes of debate. Each …

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Pipeline billionaire is big giver to pro-Trump PAC

  Oil pipeline billionaire Kelcy Warren gave $10 million to a pro-Trump super-PAC last month, according to Federal Election Commission records released Sunday. Forbes reported the contribution puts the Dallas tycoon and leader of Energy Transfer Partners as one of the top financial supporters of President Trump in his bid for reelection. Warren and his wife Amy …

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Senator targets abandoned and orphaned wells

  Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet (D) announced two bills to tackle the clean up of abandoned, or “orphaned,” oil and gas wells. Bennet’s Oil and Gas Bonding Reform and Orphaned Well Remediation Act would create a fund to expand orphaned well cleanup on federal, state and tribal lands and would boost individual and statewide bonding requirements to $75,000 and …

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Here’s why you should pay attention to energy cases going before Supreme Court

  The fate of some energy cases will be decided by an 8-member U.S. Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. POLITICO reported that one of the cases includes a fight involving three states over coal exports. Another is considered what it called a “bellwether” case in the climate change lawsuits brought …

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New Mexico partnership to study electric grid

  New Mexico’s largest electric utility and one of the nation’s premiere federal research laboratories will team up on a series of projects aimed at making the electric grid more resilient as the state prepares to add more renewable energy to the mix, officials said Monday. The research and development partnership between Sandia National Laboratories …

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Arkansas’ Windstream Completes Restructuring, Goes Private

Windstream Holdings Inc. of Little Rock announced this week that it has officially restructured and is now a private company. The telecommunications firm declared bankruptcy last year and has been working to remake itself and cut debt reported Arkansas Business. The company said it’s reduced its debt by about two-thirds, or more than $4 billion, and …

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