NAESB Business Standards INGAA Rehearing 7-25-07

On October 25, 2006, the Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) in the captioned docket.  The NOPR would require Independent System Operators, Regional Transmission Organizations, and gas-fired generators (“Electric Industry Participants”) and natural gas pipelines to adopt certain standards promulgated by the North American Energy Standards Board (“NAESB”).  These standards include WEQ Standard 011-1.2/WGQ Standard 0.3.12 through WEQ Standard 011-1.6/WGQ Standard 0.3.15. (“NAESB Standards”).  The NAESB Standards would require coordination and communication between gas pipelines and Electric Industry Participants, with the intention of improving the “reliability of both the gas and electric industries by ensuring that all parties have information necessary for the scheduling and dispatch of natural gas-fired generation, and for the scheduling of the natural gas transportation necessary to supply fuel to these generators.”  Such information and coordination would include establishing “procedures to communicate material changes in circumstances that may affect hourly flow rates.”  After receiving comments on the NOPR, the Commission issued the Final Rule, adopting the NAESB Standards.  INGAA seeks clarification or, in the alternative, rehearing on several issues in the Final Rule.