US SEEKS BIGGER SHARE
OF SOUTH KOREAN MARTSEOUL, South Korea - A U.S. energy trade negotiating team is likely to ask South Korea to import more U.S. bituminous coal, uranium concentrates and petroleum products, the Maeil Kyongje Shinmun reported Tuesday.
South Korea imports around 16 percent of its total bituminous coal from the United States.
The newspaper said South Korea's participation in the Alaskan liquefied natural gas development projects also will be solicited during the talks, which will last two days.
The United States is hoping that South Korea will diversify its liquefied natural gas imports away from Indonesia, which now supplies the country with 100 billion cubic feet a year.
NEW ENGLANDERS SET
POWER USE RECORD
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - New England residents used a record amount of electricity Monday evening to ward off the season's first blast of frigid weather, utility officials said.
The record was set Monday between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., when electricity demand for the region reached 19,596 megawatts, according to the New England Power Pool, which monitors and coordinates power supplies for New England utilities.
The previous record demand was 19,500 Mw, set during a heat wave last August.
The previous cold-weather record of 19,277 Mw was set on Jan. 14, 1988.