FERC Proposes Policy on Cost Recovery for Modernization of Natural Gas Facilities

              Following its open meeting on November 20, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) is seeking comments on a proposed new policy statement (PL15-1-000) that will outline the standards interstate natural gas pipelines must satisfy in order to recover the costs of modernizing…

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FERC Requests Industry Input on Gas-Electric Coordination and Initiates a Paper Hearing on Electric Scheduling

Natural gas is fuel increasingly used to generate electricity. To better coordinate the scheduling timelines and practices of natural gas pipelines with electric utilities, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued two significant orders. First, FERC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on the Coordination of the Scheduling Processes of…

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FERC Issues Show Cause Order to Interstate Pipelines to Comply with Capacity Release Regulations

At its monthly meeting on March 20, 2014, the Commission initiated a show cause proceeding, pursuant to section 5 of the Natural Gas Act. The Order requires all pipelines to either (1) revise their tariffs in accordance with the Commission’s capacity release posting regulations; or (2) otherwise demonstrate that they…

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FERC Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking as Part of Efforts to Coordinate Natural Gas and Electric Markets

On July 18, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking as part of its ongoing exploration of coordination between natural gas and electricity markets

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Marrying Apples and Oranges: A High-level Look at the Evolving Natural Gas Industry and Electric Industry Coordination

By Daniel E. Cooper, P.E. A Change in the Electric Industry Affects the Natural Gas industry A combination of changes in environmental regulations and economic factors is driving a change in the electric utility industry.  While coal has historically been the predominant fuel for electric generation in most parts of…

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FERC to Host Meeting on Coordination Between Natural Gas and Electric Markets in Organized Electric Markets

  On May 9, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued a public notice of a Commission meeting as part of its ongoing exploration of Coordination between Natural Gas and Electricity Markets. On May 16, 2013, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., a representative from each regional transmission organization…

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SENATE ENERGY INQUIRES INTO NATURE OF FERC’S SECTION 5 NATURAL GAS ACT (NGA) INVESTIGATIONS

Over the last few years, various natural gas ratepayer groups have without success mounted a legislative effort to stop natural gas pipeline companies from over-recovering their costs. As discussed below, Capitol Hill may finally be listening. In 2012, the Natural Gas Supply Association released its annual study analyzing the cost…

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Conversion to Natural Gas: Navigating the legal hurdles

By Joel Greene and Elizabeth Teuwen, Attorneys, Jennings Strouss & Salmon PLC; and Jim Adams, PE, Director of Utilities, Cornell University Published in the first-quarter 2013 issue of District Energy by the International District Energy Association It is hard to ignore the growing popularity of natural gas. We are routinely bombarded…

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FERC Orders Additional Technical Conferences on Coordination Between Natural Gas and Electricity Markets

In August of this year, FERC convened five regional technical conferences to address a number of issues implicated by the growing need to coordinate the natural gas and electric industries. On November 15, 2012 FERC issued an order further addressing the issues raised by these technical conferences and concluded that…

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FERC Schedules Five Regional Technical Conferences on Natural Gas-Electric Coordination

FERC has announced the schedule for five regional conferences being held in August to address the coordination between the natural gas and electric industries.  (See list of dates and locations below.)  These technical conferences are part of FERC’s continued efforts to assess whether and to what extent it needs to…

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FERC Announces Conferences on Gas-Electric Coordination

By Elizabeth Teuwen On June 21, 2012, Chairman Wellinghoff announced that FERC would hold regional technical conferences to address the coordination of the natural gas and electric industries.  These technical conferences are part of FERC’s continued efforts to assess whether and to what extent it needs to take formal action…

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FERC Staff Presents The 2011 “State of the Market”

We are pleased to present the Office of Enforcement’s 2011 State of the Markets Report. The State of the Markets Report is staff’s annual opportunity to share our assessment on the natural gas, electric, and other energy markets. The presentation is based on conclusions of the staff and not necessarily…

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FERC Clarifies Treatment of Pipeline’s Discount-Type Adjustments for Negotiated Rates

By Joel L. Greene In an order on rehearing issued March 15, 2012 in Texas Gas Transmission, LLC, 138 FERC ¶ 61,175, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) took the opportunity to reiterate, and in light of overly broad precedent, clarify the conditions a pipeline must satisfy in order to…

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FERC Seeks Comments on Coordination Between Natural Gas & Electricity Markets

FERC Commissioner Moeller has issued a request for comments on the need for coordination between the natural gas and electricity markets. FERC and other industry participants have viewed this issue with increasing interest over the past few years. Many predict a dramatic increase in the reliance on natural gas as…

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Sierra Club & Friends Try to Halt Tree-Cutting Along Gas Pipeline Route

New York, NY–(ENEWSPF)–February 16, 2012. Residents are suing to halt tree-cutting along the route of a controversial gas pipeline through the Endless Mountains region of Northeast Pennsylvania. Represented by the nonprofit environmental law firm Earthjustice, members of Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, and the Coalition…

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FERC Proposes to Update Standards for Business Practices for Interstate Gas Pipelines

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is seeking public comment on a proposal that would benefit the wholesale gas market by updating and improving standards for business practices of interstate natural gas pipelines. FERC today issued a proposed rule that would amend its regulations to incorporate by reference, with certain…

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Spectra Energy Corp Receives FERC Approval for Texas Eastern Appalachia to Market 2012 Expansion Project

HOUSTON – Spectra Energy Corp today announced its subsidiary, Texas Eastern Transmission, LP (Texas Eastern), has received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the Texas Eastern Appalachia to Market (TEAM) 2012 expansion project, which will expand Texas Eastern’s existing pipeline system to deliver additional Appalachian and Marcellus…

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Group rallies against compressor station

By Ed Waters Jr.  News-Post Staff  A number of Myersville residents have formed a citizens group to oppose a proposed natural gas compressor station on Milt Summers Road, part of the Allegheny Storage Project. Myersville Citizens for a Rural Community was formed to let the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission know the town is not…

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FERC to hold compressor station meeting Nov. 7

(Source: The Frederick News-Post)By Ed Waters Jr., The Frederick News-Post, Md. Oct. 29–Myersville-area residents will have an opportunity to provide input on a proposed natural gas compressor station near the town on Nov. 7. Staff members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will be at the Myersville Volunteer Fire Hall at 7 p.m. to…

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FERC Approves Natural Gas Storage Project Near Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif., /PRNewswire/ — On September 30, 2011, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) approved the application of Tricor Ten Section Hub, LLC to construct and operate a new underground natural gas storage project near Bakersfield, California. The Ten Section Hub facility is designed to hold 32.5 Bcf of gas,…

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Spectra Energy Partners Completes Acquisition of the Big Sandy Pipeline

Spectra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: SEP) announced today that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Big Sandy Pipeline, LLC (Big Sandy Pipeline) from EQT Corporation (NYSE: EQT). The primary asset acquired is a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)-regulated natural gas pipeline system in eastern Kentucky. Big Sandy Pipeline…

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