Sound bites from state and federal regulators.
Natural Gas Briefs
Gas Marketing Affiliates. Indiana finds no jurisdiction to regulate Proliance Energy, LLC, a brokering and energy services affiliate of Indiana Gas Co., Inc. and Citizens Gas and Coke Utility, but says it will regulate the utilities in their transactions with Proliance. Case No. 40437, Sept. 27, 1996 (Ind.U.R.C.).
Gas Regulatory Reform. Ohio proposes alternative regulatory procedures for natural gas local distribution companies. Case No. 96-700-GA-ORD, Sept. 26, 1996 (Ohio P.U.C.).
Employee Incentives. State regulators say Indiana Natural Gas Corp. cannot boost rates to recover costs of employee profit-sharing plan, as plan was not needed to recruit and retain qualified employees, and utility might never pay the bonus to employees. Case No. 40382, Oct. 2, 1996 (Ind.U.R.C.).
Disputes with Marketers. New York utilities that transport customer-owned gas must require marketers or aggregators to spell out rights for end-use customers in contract disputes; customers must affirmatively elect binding arbitration before marketers can remove disputes from jurisdiction of small claims court. Cases 93-G-0932, et al., Oct. 25, 1996 (N.Y.P.S.C.).
Gas Balancing. Public Service Co., of North Carolina, Inc., wins permission to allow its transportation customers to pool loads to determine imbalances (em a move expected to cut administrative costs and make transportation service available to a broader class of customers. Docket No. G-5, Sub 363, Oct. 2, 1996 (N.C.U.C.).