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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — State energy officials are telling mid-size businesses in Maine that their electric bills could more than double this winter.

World petroleum and other liquid fuels consumption will increase 38% by 2040, spurred by increased demand in the developing Asia and Middle East, according to projections in International Energy Outlook 2014 (IEO2014), released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. held a binding open season that closed Oct. 17 to determine shipper demand for capacity on a proposed pipeline that would originate in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and also serve the Powder River and Denver-Julesburg Basins. The 30-inch pipeline would extend 1,200 miles to the Cushing hub in Oklahoma and is designed to have an initial capacity of 340,000 bpd of crude oil, expandable to over 700,000 bpd.

The seemingly overnight transformation of the U.S. and North American oil and natural gas gusher into a global supply source has upended many of the long-held assumptions about the American energy industry. This is particularly true for natural gas storage, alternately viewed as an unnecessary anachronism or an indispensable tool for the United States to emerge as a new net energy exporter.

TexStar Midstream Logistics Pipeline, LP launched a 30-day open season for commitments for service on the TexStar East Texas Pipeline which will transport Eaglebine crude and condensate from Madison, Walker, Grimes and Montgomery counties in Texas to the Houston Ship Channel.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A fire Thursday at an offshore natural gas platform in Alaska's Cook Inlet destroyed the crew's living quarters and forced four workers to evacuate, but no one was injured and the environmental risk was considered minimal, responders said.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — More hearings were ordered Thursday on whether to exempt the construction of buildings around pump and valve-control stations from local zoning ordinances along a 300-mile pipeline to ship natural gas liquids from Marcellus Shale wells across southern Pennsylvania.

This year CEESIowa is celebrating its 15th year in operation. Since its first flow in March 1999, CEESIowa has provided high-quality, independent third-party natural gas flow calibrations to the energy industry.

Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas selected Dominion to build and operate the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 550-mile interstate natural gas pipeline from West Virginia, through Virginia and into eastern North Carolina. This would be North Carolina's second major interstate natural gas pipeline.

Tenaska NG Fuels, LLC and Waller Marine, Inc. have announced an agreement to develop, construct, own and operate a natural gas liquefaction and fueling facility along the New Orleans-Baton Rouge Mississippi River corridor with access to the Gulf of Mexico.