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Capacity Release–PG&E and Coral Petitions

INGAA is preparing to respond to FERC’s request for comments on secondary market (capacity release) issues raised in two pending petitions filed by PG&E and Coral Energy.  PG&E is asking FERC to remove the existing cap (i.e., the pipeline’s maximum rate) on released capacity transactions.  Coral Energy, joined by… Read More

Standards of Conduct/Affiliate NOPR

INGAA is preparing comments in response to FERC’s January notice proposing permanent standards of conduct governing the relationship between transmission providers (both pipeline and public utility) and their affiliates.  (FERC’s proposal responds to the court decision in National Fuel Gas, which vacated Order 2004.)  As far as pipelines are… Read More

INGAA Foundation News – April

We look forward to a successful Midyear meeting at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines outside of Austin, TX on April 26-27.  Registration has been robust and we anticipate a well attended meeting. As mentioned in the prior Board Report, Dr. Martin Regalia, the Chief Economist of the… Read More

Waste Heat Recovery

INGAA Board members and INGAA staff met with Commissioner Wellinghoff on March 27 at FERC to discuss INGAA’s white paper on the feasibility of constructing pipeline compressor engine waste heat recovery facilities for electric generation.  The INGAA white paper states that interstate pipelines are open to exploring building such… Read More

FERC Form 2 Comments Filed

On March 28, INGAA filed comments in response to FERC’s Notice of Inquiry regarding proposals to revise its financial reporting forms (2, 2-A, 3-Q).  INGAA stated that the information currently in the forms, along with other publicly available information, is sufficient to provide FERC and the public with the data… Read More

Standards of Conduct/Affiliate NOPR

On March 21, FERC clarified two aspects of its interim affiliate rules in response to INGAA’s request for expedited clarification or rehearing.  (See February board bulletin).  First, FERC clarified that the rules apply only to pipelines affiliated “with a marketing or brokering entity that conducts transportation transactions on such… Read More

Climate Change

March was a busy month for the House Energy and Commerce Committee as it worked its way through numerous hearings on various aspects of climate change legislation.  One important scheduling issue emerged.  While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had made it clear that she expects climate change legislation to be… Read More

Pipeline Safety

Most of you will remember that last year’s Pipeline Safety Act reauthorization included a provision requiring PHMSA to report back to Congress within 60 days on legislative recommendations for implementing the GAO report on reassessment intervals.  The GAO has recommended that Congress repeal the current seven-year mandate and replace… Read More

Pipeline Safety Update

INGAA is continuing to negotiate with PHMSA on generic technical criteria for raising the maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) of new and recent vintage pipelines.  These criteria will use the presently available PHMSA waiver authority to grant special permits to individual pipeline segments.  We have been successful in negotiating… Read More

Bingaman Letter May 2007

The Honorable Jeff BingamanChairmanEnergy and Natural Resources CommitteeU.S. SenateWashington, DC  20510 Dear Mr. Chairman: On behalf of the members of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), I am writing to express our support for section 273(b) of S. 1115, the Energy Efficiency Promotion… Read More

Blanket Certificate Waiver 122011

December 21, 2005 Chairman Joseph T. KelliherFederal Energy Regulatory Commission888 First Street, NEWashington, DC  20426 Re: Docket No. EM06-5-000 Dear Chairman Kelliher: On November 22, 2005, I wrote to express the appreciation of the members of the Interstate Natural Gas… Read More

Dingell and Boucher Letter on Climate Change Legislation

The Honorable Donald F. Santa, Jr.PresidentInterstate Natural Gas Asscociation of America10 G Street NE. Suite 700Washington, DC 20002 Dear Mr. Santa: As you know, the Committee on Energy and Commerce will be examining the issue of climate change and writing legislation for consideration by the… Read More

Eminent Domain Letter September 2005

The Honorable John Cornyn 517 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Cornyn: I am writing on behalf of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) to share our members’ views on S. 1313, the “Protection of Homes, Small Businesses… Read More

Hunter Bill Letter – HR 4881

April 5, 2006 The Honorable Dennis HastertSpeakerU.S. House of RepresentativesWashington, DC  20515 On behalf of the members of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), I am writing to share our comments on H.R. 4881, the “National Defense Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of… Read More

Letter to Rahall

May 22, 2007 The Honorable Nick J. RahallChairmanCommittee on Natural ResourcesU.S. House of Representatives1324 Longworth House Office BuildingWashington, DC 20515  Dear Chairman Rahall: The Independent Petroleum Association of America, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, and Natural Gas Supply Association represent the exploration,… Read More

Senate Energy Letter

Mr. Secretary: Last Thursday, the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources heard from several witnesses about the significant damage to natural gas infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  While damage assessments remain on-going, it is clear that there will be some… Read More

INGAA Files Relpy Comments in Standards of Conduct for Transmission Providers

On April 30 INGAA filed reply comments in Docket No. RM07-1, Standards of Conduct for Transmission Providers.  INGAA requested that the Commission issue a final rule adopting the Interim Rule, modified as requested by INGAA in its Initial Comments. In its reply comments, INGAA stated that… Read More

Capacity Release � Coral and PG&E Comments

On April 11 INGAA filed comments in the PG&E and Coral Petitions regarding the Commission’s capacity release regulations.  PG&E petitioned FERC to remove the price cap on released capacity transactions.  Coral asked FERC to “clarify” various aspects of its capacity release regulations (see 3-07 Board Bulletin). Read More

AGA

AGA, IPAA and NGSA have agreed with INGAA to share in the costs of the economic modeling of climate change proposals using the National Energy Modeling System (NEMS).  NEMS is the model that is used by the Energy Information Administration for its Annual Energy Outlooks and for responses to inquiries… Read More

Chairman Kelliher Nomination

On May 10, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination of FERC Chairman Joe Kelliher for another term.  According to Committee staff, the recent discussions between Chairman Kelliher and Energy Committee Chair Jeff Bingaman on natural gas market transparency have been positive,… Read More