On April 21, 2016, the Department of Public Utilities (“Department”) granted a request made by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (“Company”) to suspend any further action in its survey petition cases, D.P.U. 16-01/02/03.  The suspension of any further action is due to a Company press release issued on April 20, 2016, in which the Company stated that it has suspended further work and expenditures on the Northeast Energy Direct (“NED”) Project.  As a result of the “stay” of any further action, the Department has terminated all deadlines in the survey petition cases, including the May 6, 2016 deadline to file written comments.  No further action by any affected property owner or public commenter is necessary at this time.  It is anticipated that the Company will withdraw its petitions in the above-referenced matters.

DPU Mission Statement

The Department is responsible for oversight of investor-owned electric power, natural gas, and water utilities in the Commonwealth; developing alternatives to traditional regulation; monitoring service quality; regulating safety in the transportation and gas pipeline areas; and for certain aspects associated with the siting of energy facilities. The mission of the Department is to ensure that utility consumers are provided with the most reliable service at the lowest possible cost; to protect the public safety from transportation and gas pipeline related accidents; and to ensure that residential ratepayers' rights are protected.