Standards for Business Practices INGAA Comments 12-18-06

Standards for Business Practices for Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines and Standards for Business Practices for PubliPursuant to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued October 25, 2006, INGAA submits the following comments on the Commission’s proposal to amend its open access regulations governing standards for business practices and electronic communications with interstate natural gas pipelines and public utilities, 117 FERC ¶ 61,095. The Commission is proposing to incorporate by reference certain standards promulgated by the Wholesale Gas Quadrant (WGQ) and the Wholesale Electric Quadrant (WEQ) of the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB). These standards will establish communication protocols between interstate pipelines and power plant operators and transmission owners and operators. The Commission is also proposing certain clarifications of its policies and regulations in response to NAESB’s request. Utilities