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.

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 facilities to share non-public operational information for reliability and planning purposes. FERC initiated this rulemaking process in response to comments that FERC received related to information sharing as part of its efforts to increase coordination and communication between the two markets.

Public comments are due to FERC on August 26, 2013.

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