Idaho Regulator Denies Avista, Hydro One’s $5.3 Billion Merger Citing Prohibition by State Law

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission on Jan. 3 determined that the proposed sale of Washington-based Avista Corporation to Canada-based Hydro One Limited would violate state law that bars the transfer of regulated electric utility assets to an entity that is owned or controlled by another state. The move follows similar action last month by Washington…

Maryland Board Rejects Permit for TransCanada’s Gas Pipeline

The Maryland Board of Public Works on Jan. 2 unanimously rejected a permit for Columbia Gas Transmission LLC to build a pipeline across the state to transport natural gas from Pennsylvania to West Virginia. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan joined Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp to vote against an easement required to install a…