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Accounting for Pipeline Assessment Costs Comments of the INGAA 1-19-05

The Office of Pipeline Safety, Research and Special Programs Administration of the Department of Transportation (“OPS”) issued regulations (68 Fed. Reg. 69778)(“Final Rule”) in December 2003 to implement the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 (“Pipeline Safety Act”). The OPS regulations established new integrity management requirements for natural gas… Read More

Standards for Business Practices of Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines Comments of INGAA 1-3-03

INGAA supports the Commission’s proposed adoption of the Version 1.6 Standards developed by the WGQ of NAESB. However, INGAA requests that the Commission modify the implementation timeline so that pipelines would implement the Version 1.6 Standards on the first of the month following 90 days after issuance of a final… Read More

Blanket Certificates Comments of INGAA 1-3-06

The Commission is proposing to repeal its code of conduct regulations for interstate natural gas pipelines that hold blanket certificates for unbundled gas sales services (18 CFR § 284.288(2005)), and for persons that hold blanket marketing certificates for making gas sales for resale at negotiated rates in interstate commerce (18… Read More

Implications of Reducted Gas Use on Emissions From Power Generation

In January 1999, the INGAA Foundation’s study, Pipeline and Storage Infrastructure Requirements for a 30 Tcf U.S. Gas Market, outlined the promise and the challenges of an unprecedented 30 trillion cubic foot natural gas market in the U.S. by 2010 that would be driven by significant growth in the… Read More

Activities to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Natural Gas Operations

Increased reliance on natural gas will create many opportunities, but many challenges as well. The main challenge is that expansion of the natural gas market will result in increased emissions of methane (CH4), a potent greenhouse gas. The level of increased emissions is a function of the industry… Read More

Improving Implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

The Natural Gas Act authorizes the construction and operation of interstate natural gas pipelines, with regulatory oversight by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Since these activities are performed under the authority of the Federal government, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews are required. Previous INGAA Foundation reports have forecast… Read More

Urban Distributed Generation Profile

Distributed generation has captured the interest of federal and state policymakers, excited potential developers and users and is becoming a part of the business strategies of utilities and other energy service providers. It has the potential to change the structure of electric power generation and distribution and redefine how electric… Read More

Report on E-Procurement Survey – Phase 1

Over the past decade perhaps no external factor has influenced the energy industry more than technology.  From the wide spread use of automated real-time telemetry to using the Internet to conduct daily operations such as nominations, scheduling and invoicing, technology has drastically changed the way and the speed in… Read More

Backup Fuel Assessment for Natural Gas Powered Turbines Used in Electric Power Generation

More than 500 new gas-fired generation projects are in various stages of consideration or development around the country. The capacity of these proposed projects totals some 280,000 megawatts, an increase of more than 35 percent of the currently installed U.S. capacity base of 750,000 MW. Yet many of these projects… Read More

Future Natural Gas Supplies from the Alaskan and Canadian Frontier

Natural gas plays a prominent role in our nation’s energy mix; it is the fuel of choice for the rapidly expanding U.S. electricity generation market. Rising consumer demand, national security concerns, environmental needs and economic competitiveness require that we continue to find new sources of natural gas in North America. Read More

BLM and U.S. Forest Service Rental Valuation Impact Study

Recent right-of-way rental fee proposals by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) could increase fees for natural gas pipelines by more than 100 times, which could negatively impact national security, the successful implementation of the U.S. National Energy Policy and U.S. living standards. In 1999 the BLM… Read More

Enhancing Stakeholder Involvement: A Dialogue with FERC and the Natural Gas Pipeline Industry

  Introduction In September 1999 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order No. 608 that set out a voluntary program for increasing stakeholder involvement in pre-application activities by allowing applicants, at their election, to participate in a collaborative process that includes environmental analysis and issue resolution.  … Read More

Review of Gas-Based Emission Control Technologies for Coal Boilers

During the 1990s, there was a major effort to develop, demonstrate and improve natural gas-based emission control technologies for coal-fired power plants.  The two primary technologies are gas cofiring and gas reburn.  The purpose of this report is to provide a review of the current status and applicability of… Read More

E- Procurement Survey Phase 2: Report on Meetings Held with Pipeline Companies and Suppliers Regarding E- Procurement Views

Over the past decade, perhaps no external factor has influenced the energy industry more than technology. From the wide spread use of automated real-time telemetry to using the Internet to conduct daily operations such as nominations, scheduling, and invoicing, technology has drastically changed the way and the speed in which we… Read More

Standards of Conduct Request for Rehearing and Clarification of INGAA 12-29-03

While INGAA recognizes that the Commission has made efforts to meet certain of the objections raised by the industry in comments on the Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) in this matter, the Final Rule adopted by the Commission is too broad, and the new requirements are unnecessary to… Read More

HIOS/Petal Gas Storage Reply Brief of Intervenor INGAA in Support of Petitioners 2-15-07

INGAA filed an intervener’s reply brief in the HIOS/Petal litigation in the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. INGAA argues that FERC’s new rate of return policy, by basing pipeline returns on the returns earned by lower-risk LDCs, disregards the increased competition FERC has successfully fostered in the… Read More

HIOS/Petal Gas Storage Initial Brief of INGAA in Support of Petitioners 2-15-07

INGAA argues that FERC departed from precedent in permitting use of lower-risk LDCs in the proxy group for setting Petitioners’ rates, and arbitrarily foreclosed use of gas pipeline MLPs as proxies for determining a gas pipeline’s rate of return. Read More

Natural Gas Pipeline Impact on Land Values

This natural gas pipeline impact study has been conducted at the request of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America Foundation (INGAA Foundation). In order to determine the impact of natural gas pipelines on real estate, several objectives were established through research of case law, professional literature, and articles in… Read More

Pipeline and Storage Infrastructure for a 30 Tcf Market – A 2002 Updated Assessment

In January 1999, the INGAA Foundation published Pipeline and Storage Infrastructure for a 30 Tcf Market. The report was the first in a series of studies examining the opportunities and challenges facing the natural gas industry in serving the growing natural gas market. The 1999 study focused on the pipeline… Read More

Consumer Effects of the Anticipated Integrity Rule of High Consequence Areas

Policymakers been systems, looking particularly at new integrity inspections. One of the key questions being raised in these forums is whether there should be a specific integrity inspection interval for natural gas pipelines, and if so, what the appropriate interval should be and what technology should be used. This report… Read More