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FERC Proposes Policy on Cost Recovery fo...

              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 their facilities and infrastructure. Once...

FERC Requests Industry Input on Gas-Elec...

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 Interstate Natural Gas...

FERC Issues Show Cause Order to Intersta...

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 are in full compliance. Under Order No. 636-A, pipelines must post...

FERC Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemakin...

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. The proposed rule would revise FERC regulations and provide explicit authority to interstate natural gas pipelines and public utilities that own, operate or control transmission...

Marrying Apples and Oranges: A High-leve...

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 the United States, natural gas has now generally become the fuel of...

FERC to Host Meeting on Coordination Bet...

  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 and independent system operator will present information...

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