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GAO Reports on Slow Progress Of Gas Unbundling

A comprehensive report on gas unbundling released by the U.S.General Accounting Office found that as of July 31 of this yearonly about 3.9% of the of the residential gas customers eligible tobuy gas from suppliers other than their regulated gas utility weredoing so. Roughly 553,000 residential gas users behind thecitygates of 43 gas utilities in 16 states were participating incustomer choice programs. Commercial participation levels were notavailable. The report, titled Energy Deregulation: Status ofNatural Gas Customer Choice Programs, was requested by Sens. JeffBingaman (D-NM) and Dale L. Bumpers (D-AK).

December 21, 1998

GAO Releases Report on Gas Unbundling

A comprehensive report on gas unbundling released by the U.S.General Accounting Office found that as of July 31 of this yearonly about 3.9% of the of the residential gas customers eligible tobuy gas from suppliers other than their regulated gas utility weredoing so. Roughly 553,000 residential gas users behind thecitygates of 43 gas utilities in 16 states were participating incustomer choice programs. Commercial participation levels were notavailable. The report, titled Energy Deregulation: Status ofNatural Gas Customer Choice Programs, was requested by Sens. JeffBingaman (D-NM) and Dale L. Bumpers (D-AK).

December 18, 1998

Devon, Northstar Complete Merger

Devon Energy Corp. and Canadian-based Northstar Energy Corp.completed their merger, which was announced June 29 (see NGI July6, 1998). Devon is issuing about 16.1 million common equivalentshares to the Northstar shareholders. In addition, Devon isassuming US$312 million in existing Northstar debt.

December 14, 1998

El Paso, Edison Dispute Decision on Turnback Accord

El Paso Natural Gas has asked FERC to overturn a July ALJinitial decision that found it failed to “seriously confront thepotential impact of…turned-back capacity on the remainingcustomers on its system and take adequate steps to remarket thecapacity” when it first learned that Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) planned to step down its capacity commitment effective January1996. If upheld by the Commission, El Paso would be required toshoulder the costs for half of the 300 MMcf/d of capacity that theLDC turned back.

September 8, 1998

Transportation Note

Fearing a weekend threat to system integrity from oversupply,Sonat implemented an OFO Type 6 effective Saturday (July 25) untilfurther notice. The OFO carries tiered penalties of up to $15/dthfor positive imbalances exceeding 8% of allocated deliveries.

July 27, 1998

Peoples Gas Cutting Jobs

TECO Energy’s Peoples Gas unit is cutting up to 240 jobs due toits decision to discontinue the gas piping, appliance installationand repair business effective July 15.

May 20, 1998

Producers Seek Extension of Refund Deadline

A group of natural gas producers and marketers has asked FERC toextend until July 9th the deadline for producer payments of anestimated $500 million in customer refunds. The refunds, which aredue March 9th, are owed to customers who purchased gas produced inKansas during the 1980s at costs that, because they included thestate’s ad valorem tax, exceeded the level allowed under theNatural Gas Policy Act (NGPA).

February 25, 1998
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