Speaking at the American Gas Association's Natural Gas Roundtable in Washington, DC, on February 13, FERC Commissioner William L. Massey called on parties within the natural gas industry to resolve the problem of decontracting (capacity turnback) on natural gas interstate pipelines. Nevertheless, he offered a bit of help from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
For its part, said Massey, the FERC will remain flexible, as shown by its order allowing Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America to depart from the straight fixed-variable rate design to allow marketing of unsubscribed capacity. While the FERC remains committed to Order 636, it will consider departures from 636 as needed to meet market changes, Massey said.
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