Reliant Energy Adds AutoNomination Service
Reliant Energy Gas Transmission is going to "let technology do
all of the work" with a new Automatic Nomination Service (AutoNom)
that will effectively provide "just-in-time" deliveries by automatically
adjusting customers' nominations to their actual usage.
Reliant proposed the new system that will use electronic metering and
communication via the Internet in a rate schedule filed with the Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission. It is another first for Reliant. The company
was the first to propose and have approved an hourly firm transportation
schedule to meet the peaking needs of power generation customers.
The new Reliant service was one of two innovative proposals pipelines
offered at FERC last week. Northern Natural Gas also filed a 'share the
weather risk' one-part volumetric firm service proposal. (see separate story, this issue)
"Our new AutoNom service is designed to provide much greater convenience
for our customers," sad Dale C. Earwood, President and COO of Reliant
Energy Interstate Pipelines. "These customers simply will use the
natural gas they need and let the AutoNom service automatically adjust
their nominations to usage. In short, we are going to let technology do
all of the work and then electronically inform everyone in the supply chain
of the new nominations. Imbalances are eliminated, or reduced substantially,
and no penalties will be assessed against any small imbalance that may
The new Rate Schedule ANS would be used in conjunction with the customer's
firm or interruptible transportation from Reliant. Where meters are not
already in place, the customer can arrange to have them installed. Reliant
will arrange for installation of the necessary electronic communication
"Today, manufacturers and other companies are already avoiding
the substantial costs associated with maintaining large inventories of
raw materials or stock by being linked electronically to their suppliers.
It becomes the suppliers' job to track usage and replenish supplies when
needed," Earwood said. "Rate Schedule ANS brings this type of
electronic 'just-in-time' supply management for the first time to the natural
gas pipeline business." Customers may contact Terri Williams, manager
of transportation services, about the service at (318) 429-2993.
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