You've heard talk lately about the convergence of electricity and natural gas. That idea has grown as commodity markets have matured for gas and emerged for bulk power.
The Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC) has authorized Arkla, a division of Noram Energy Corp. and a natural gas local distribution company (LDC), to apply a weather normalization adjustment to billings from November through April. Finding that the new clause did not constitute a "general rate increase," the PSC rejected procedural objections that it failed to meet certain notice requirements. It also rejected allegations that the LDC's existing levelized billing programs already achieve the intended results of the new adjustment mechanism and that a specific weather normalization adjustment will send incorrect price signals to customers. Re Arkla, a division of Noram Energy Corp., Docket No. 95-617-TF, Order No. 2, Dec. 22, 1995 (Ark.P.S.C.). t
Phillip S. Cross is an associate legal editor of PUBLIC UTILITIES FORTNIGHTLY.
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