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    1. NU merger costs total $126M

      The merger was first proposed on Oct. 16, 2010. Before the merger was completed, NU spent $21.8 million on finalizing the transaction while NStar spent $12.4 million. The bulk of the expenses -- $91.5 million – came after the companies combined since much of it related to the cost of the concessions the company made to regulators in Massachusetts and Connecticut for them to approve the transaction.

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    2. Airport upgrades arriving soon | Hartford Business

      Airport upgrades arriving soon | Hartford Business

      The Connecticut General Assembly created the airport authority in 2011 to be a more nimble and more-responsive administrator of Bradley and the state’s general aviation airports than the Connecticut Department of Transportation. Since first meeting in October, the authority has dealt with procedural issues while leaving the larger tasks — hiring a route development director, addressing the new terminal — for after an executive director is hired.

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    3. Feds approve collaboration of regional power grids | Hartford Business

      The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the greater collaboration of the two power grids serving New England and New York, saving $126 million annually. ISO New England and NYISO are not formally merging under the agreement - an idea considered and abandoned 10 years ago - but the two grids will be working more closely together to offer lower cost power to ratepayers in both regions.

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    4. Growing pains | Hartford Business

      When Hartford-based NU and Boston-based NStar proposed their $5 billion merger on Oct. 16, 2010, the companies didn’t talk about staff reductions or regulator settlement agreements. The two energy giants proposed significant returns for shareholders; safer and more reliable electricity; better customer service; and increased policy influence. “Those are key tenants that will make this merger work,” McHale said.
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    5. College-seniors' job expo Wed. in Enfield

      More than 40 employers will be at the Holiday Inn Enfield-Springfield Wednesday for a free half-day annual College Career Expo targeting graduating college seniors. Cigna Corp., Fastenal Company, Hebrew Health Care, Pratt & Whitney, and TicketNetwork will be among employers at the expo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the hotel at 1 Bright Meadow Blvd. The eighth-annual event is co-sponsored by the Hartford/Springfield Economic Partnership, Connecticut Department of Labor, Connecticut Light &Power and local colleges and universities.
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    6. ISO New England replaces two directors

      ISO is responsible for setting the wholesale price of electricity in New England, and its policies influence how much ratepayers in Connecticut and the region's other states give to utilities each month. Connecticut officials currently are trying to have ISO reconsider its pricing model for electricity, as state officials believe the model forces higher prices.
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    7. JetBlue adds Bradley flight to Palm Beach, Fla. | Hartford Business

      JetBlue Airways is expanding its services at Bradley International Airport, with the addition of a new nonstop flight to Palm Beach Florida.The direct flight to West Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) is JetBlue's fourth destination added from Hartford in the past year, when the airline began services from Bradley.
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