Reliant Energy Launches Hourly Gas Transport

Reliant Energy Gas Transmission has filed the first-everpipeline transportation proposal for an hourly service and rates tomeet the increasing swing load and peaking needs of the powergeneration industry.

April 14, 1999

Industry Briefs

TransCanada PipeLines subsidiary NOVA Gas Transmission (NGTL)filed its new pricing structure proposal with the Alberta Energyand Utilities Board (AEUB) yesterday. The gas transportation tollson TransCanada’s Alberta system are consistent with the memorandumof understanding (MOU) reached recently with the CanadianAssociation of Petroleum Producers. Announced March 24, the MOUdetails a new distance- and quantity-based pricing structure toreplace the current postage-stamp pricing regime for tolls on theAlberta system. The application also reflects input gathered duringan extensive stakeholder consultation process that began in late1996. The filing replaces an application NGTL put forth to the AEUBin April 1998.

April 8, 1999

New Carolina Pipe Proposal Draws Fire

While the Carolinas are known for warm breezes and friendly folks, a pipeline proposed for the two states is getting a very cold shoulder from competitors.

March 8, 1999

Nicor to Test Performance Against a Benchmark

Nicor Gas has filed a performance-based rate proposal with theIllinois Commerce Commission that would allow the company and itscustomers to save money if Nicor’s commodity, transportation andstorage costs are lower than a fluctuating benchmark. The benchmarkwill be based on a bushel of published gas price indexes, plusaverage transportation costs over the prior year and actual storagecosts. The PBR is expected to be in place starting next January.

March 4, 1999

OK AG: Deregulation, Rate Case Don’t Mix

Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson told the state’sCorporation Commission the proposal by Oklahoma Natural Gas (ONG)to combine deregulation with an ongoing rate case at the OCC is notin ratepayers’ best interest.

February 26, 1999

Commission Plans Second Auction Conference

FERC staff has scheduled a conference for Dec. 8th to addressall policy and technical issues associated with the Commission’sproposal to implement auctioning of pipeline capacity in theshort-term market.

November 16, 1998

SoCalGas Plans Rate Cut To Fend Off Competitors

Southern California Gas Co. has filed its latest two-yearcost-allocation rate proposal with California state regulators,proposing a massive $204 million rate cut, including transportationrate decreases for all customers with the largest targeted forlarge industrial and wholesale customers.

October 12, 1998

CalEnergy-MidAmerican Union Marching Ahead

CalEnergy Co. and MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co. filed anapplication for review of proposal for reorganization with the IowaUtilities Board (IUB) in conjunction with their proposed merger.The merger agreement is also subject to approval by theshareholders of both companies, for which special meetings will becalled later this year. Completion of the merger is expected tooccur by the end of the first quarter of 1999.

September 28, 1998

Merchant Gas Storage Proposal Eyes Fast Track

The prospect for more liquid energy markets with stepped-upintra-day deal-making is driving development of a second merchantunderground natural gas storage facility in northern Californiawith proximity to Pacific Gas and Electric’s backbone transmissionsystem (Line 401), according to the Sacramento-based manager ofWestern Hub Properties LLC.

September 21, 1998

Sale of Trunkline Segment Comes Under Fire

A proposal of Trunkline Gas to sell one third of its mainlinegas system – about 720 miles – to an affiliate for transportationof ethane and other hydrocarbons came under heavy attack at FERCfrom the pipeline’s shippers this week.

August 28, 1998