Reliant's Firm Peaking Draws Few Complaints
A proposal by Reliant Energy Gas Transmission (NorAm) for a new
hourly firm transportation service and rate schedule to meet
peaking needs of the power industry drew few objections in a
technical conference at FERC Thursday.
Reliant clarified that the service would not disrupt regular
firm transportation and agreed to notify bumped IT and AOS shippers
by telephone. Power customers can nominate the service by Internet
and it will be confirmed by e-mail.
The proposal, revealed late last month, picked up endorsements
from both ends of the pipe at NGI's GasMart/Power'99. Both producer
attorney Katherine Edwards and David D'Alessandro, who represents
the New York Public Service Commission, agreed it is better to add
a specialized type of service to the tariff, making it available to
all, than to negotiate with only selected customers. "I want to
complement Reliant on doing it this way, not waiting to do it as
negotiated terms and conditions but by coming out and filing on a
pro forma basis," Edwards said.
Reliant said it is prepared to put the fast on-and-off service
in place June 1. "Three years ago, even one and a half years ago,
we couldn't have done this," Dale C. Earwood, president of Reliant
Energy Interstate Pipelines, said. "The technology wasn't advanced
enough. Now we can get good electronic information from our
customers on a timely basis and good information on what's
happening on the pipeline system." Reliant Energy Transmission has
"largely identified a need and has the ability to handle
transactions on a short term cycle." While FERC has pushed
pipelines to intraday deliveries, "this transcends intraday."
Customers wanting more information about this new hourly service
can contact Willie Underwood at (713)-207-5127.
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