Federal

FERC Considers Sea Robin, OCS Regs

A decision on the remanded Sea Robin Pipeline case anddiscussion of policy changes in the way the Federal EnergyRegulatory Commission regulates offshore pipelines both are on theagenda for Wednesday’s open meeting, but no one will be surprisedif they’re a no-show once again.

June 28, 1999

FERC to Consider Sea Robin, OCS Regs, or Not

A decision on the remanded Sea Robin Pipeline case anddiscussion of policy changes in the way the Federal EnergyRegulatory Commission regulates offshore pipelines both are on theagenda for Wednesday’s open meeting, but no one will be surprisedif they’re a no-show once again.

June 28, 1999

FERC’s Larcamp on Convergence

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been putting somemeat on the bones of its FERC First restructuring efforts,following up the announcement of a new director, with that of a newdeputy director of the merged Office of Markets, Tariffs and Rates(OMTR) and a new Office of Energy Projects (OEP).

June 24, 1999

Foreign Acquisitions of U.S. Utilities Get FERC Nod

The foreign invasion of the U.S. electric utility market got offto a good start last week when the Federal Energy RegulatoryCommission approved two separate transactions valued atapproximately $10-$11 billion.

June 21, 1999

Reliant’s New Hourly Service for Generators Wins Approval

In a key move last week, the Federal Energy RegulatoryCommission endorsed an innovative hourly firm transportation (HFT)service that will enable a gas pipeline to quickly respond to thepeaking needs of power generators. With this action, Reliant EnergyGas Transmission – which proposed the service – becomes the firstpipe to move away from the traditional daily and monthlytransportation markets.

June 21, 1999

Foreign Acquisitions of U.S. Utilities Get FERC Nod

The foreign invasion of the U.S. electric utility market got abig shot in the arm yesterday when the Federal Energy RegulatoryCommission approved two separate transactions valued at $10-$11billion.

June 17, 1999

Industry Briefs

The Department of Defense intends to award the federalgovernment’s largest energy-saving performance contract ever toPepco Energy Services and Viron Energy Services. Pepco EnergyServices is a subsidiary of Potomac Electric Power Co. Viron EnergyServices is a subsidiary of York International Corp. President BillClinton announced the $200 million contract, designed to implementenergy-savings measures for the Military District of Washington(MDW). The MDW is a major Army command encompassing five Armyposts: Fort George G. Meade in Maryland; Fort Myer, Fort Belvoirand Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia; and Fort Lesley J. McNair inWashington, DC. More than 2,100 buildings were examined for energyimprovements. The 18-year MDW contract will result in about $220million in overall cost savings.

June 7, 1999

People

Beverly Marshall, formerly a Washington representative forSouthern California Edison, has been named vice president andgeneral manager of federal government affairs for Duke Energy.

June 3, 1999

Industry Briefs

The Gas Research Institute has offered a proposed budget of $98million for approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission tofund research and development projects for 2000. The funding wouldcover $72.6 million for 43 Core projects, widely beneficial to theentire industry and gas users and $25.4 million for 22 Non-Coreprojects targeted to specific activities and major market segments.In addition to the FERC-directed portion of the budget, GRIanticipates receiving about $53 million in cofunding from industryand govenrment sources in 2000. The filing Tuesday marked the thirdyear of the seven-year transition to an all-voluntary R&Dprogram. In 2001 the funding through FERC will drop to $70 million,then $60 million in 2002-2004. At the end of that period thefunding will be voluntary.

June 2, 1999

Larcamp to Head New FERC Office

Daniel L. Larcamp was appointed director of the Office ofMarkets, Tariffs and Rates at the Federal Energy RegulatoryCommission (FERC). The office and position were created as part ofinternal restructuring at the Commission under the FERC Firstprogram. Larcamp has served as senior counsel and policy advisor toFERC Chairman James. J. Hoecker on electric power issues sinceAugust.

May 31, 1999