Move Afoot to Modify PURPA contracts

New York State Electric & Gas Corp. (NYSEG) voiced itssupport for legislation to give states authority to modifynon-utility generator contracts. Congressmen Gerald Solomon, AmoryHoughton (R-NY) and Edolphus Towns (D-NY) introduced HR 4183, whichwould clarify the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978.Changes proposed are said to ensure just and reasonable costs forNUG power sold to utilities. State regulators would be permitted tomodify prices utilities are currently required to pay non-utilitygenerators so they do not exceed the market price of electricity atthe time of delivery. The legislation also would establish programsto monitor non-utility generators to ensure they continue to meetFederal Energy Regulatory Commission requirements.

July 2, 1998

NGSA Gives Nod to EPA NOx Proposal

The Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA) voiced its support forfuel- and generation-neutral nitrogen oxide requirements proposedby the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

June 26, 1998

A Pipeline in Every Backyard?

Announcements of new pipeline projects are booming despiterecently voiced concerns by pipeline executives that return onequity is not sufficient to justify new construction (see NGI, Feb.2). A recent NGI survey of projects announced over the last threeyears indicates more than 7 Bcf/d of new capacity has already beenconstructed in the U.S. and Canada, with nearly 21 Bcf/d ofcombined capacity additions approved or under consideration. Thisis in addition to projects canceled or put on hold indefinitely.

May 11, 1998
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