Reliant Files 'In-Kind' Balancing Plan
Advancing its reputation as one of the more innovative pipelines
in the industry when it comes to rate making, Reliant Energy Gas
Transmission (REGT) submitted a rate filing with FERC that will
give customers an 'in-kind' balancing option. The plan is part of
to its Automatic Nomination Service (ANS), a 'just-in-time' supply
Reliant was the first to file and get approved an hourly firm
transportation service for power generators. In August the pipeline
implemented another new rate schedule, its Internet-based AutoNom
service, which was designed to communicate real-time consumption
data so that end-users could improve management of supplies and
deliveries. This new in-kind balancing option will provide another
tool that can be used by AutoNom customers to eliminate the extra
work and costs associated with tracking imbalances and cash-outs.
"Our objective with the AutoNom Service has been to use
technology to simplify for our customers-especially the smaller
customers-the day-to-day burdens associated with procuring and
managing energy supplies," said Dale C. Earwood, president and
chief operating officer of Reliant Energy Interstate Pipelines.
"The new in-kind balancing option will allow customers simply to
contract, start flowing gas and let the system do all of the work.
In that way, we are letting customers turn back the clock
operationally to a simpler time in our industry, without
sacrificing any of the benefits of today's numerous supply choices
in the marketplace," Earwood added.
REGT's Rate Schedule ANS uses electronic metering and electronic
communication via the Internet to obtain and communicate
up-to-the-minute information on deliveries at an end-user's
facility. At various times throughout the day, REGT accesses this
information, uses it to re-nominate receipts and deliveries for the
shipper, and instantaneously communicates this information via
e-mail to the shipper and its suppliers. With the election of the
in-kind balancing option, REGT will resolve any customer imbalances
without the need to resort to any cash-out mechanism. No rate is
charged for basic Rate Schedule ANS service, although there will be
a nominal fee associated with the election of the in-kind balancing
option by non-maximum rate shippers.
Rate Schedule ANS is to be used in conjunction with the
customer's firm or interruptible transportation service from REGT.
Under the terms of the ANS rate schedule, an AutoNom customer will
arrange for installation of electronic metering at the delivery
point, if it is not already in place as it is at many locations.
REGT will arrange for installation of the necessary electronic
communication equipment and software.
Customers wanting information about this new service can contact
Terri Williams, Manager of Transportation Services, at (318)
Reliant Energy owns one of the largest interstate natural gas
pipeline networks in the mid-continent U.S., totaling 8,200 miles.
The system connects through REGT's Perryville Hub transfer center
in Louisiana. REGT and sister company, Mississippi River
Transmission Corp., are affiliates of Reliant Energy. Together they
transport 1 Tcf/year of gas as well as provide storage and related
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