Coping with rising profitability, a decade after restructuring.
Jeff D. Makholm and Kurt G. Strunk
With a recent flurry of gas pipeline rate investigations at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), many pipeline owners face the prospect of having their profits scrutinized to ensure their rates are just and reasonable. Understanding FERC’s approach will help companies ensure they’re not falling outside the zone of reasonableness.
Growing gas storage depends on fair regulatory treatment.
FERC’s final rule authorizing new natural gas storage facilities seems to presume market power for pipelines and new storage. FERC should consider changing that presumption to more accurately reflect Congress’s intent in EPAct 2005.
Gas Transport Rates
Bruce W. Radford
Gas Transport Rates
Why does FERC want to limit pipeline discounts?
It's certainly puzzling, if not downright peculiar.
That's the feeling one gets after studying the notice of inquiry (NOI) that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) launched late last year, after nearly 10 years of dragging its feet, to re-examine the wisdom of encouraging the practice of rate discounting by interstate natural gas pipelines.
The industry has moved beyond the debate.
Michel Marcoux is a partner in Bruder, Gentile & Marcoux, L.L.P., a Washington, D.C., law firm engaged in natural gas and electric utility industry work. He can be reached at (202) 783-1350. Web site: www.brudergentile.com.
The Policy: Blind Faith in Supply-Side Subsidy
J. Michel Marcoux
Gas-on-Gas Discounting: Still a Zero-Sum Game
Retail Energy Choice. At press time, Virginia issued proposed interim rules governing pilot programs for electric retail competition in electricity and natural gas, with comments due Feb. 24. The interim rules were not expected to resolve all issues, but only to provide a starting point to gain experience.
Among other points, the interim rules would require utilities to make information available through electronic bulletin boards on availability of commodity supply, ancillary services, and transmission and distribution capacity. Case No.