Archive for December, 2009

Politics in the Regulatory Process? I’m Shocked!

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Catching up on my reading:

In “Limited Utility”  (http://www.american.com/archive/2009/november/limited-utility),  Roger Noriega discovers politics entering into the regulatory process in Florida.  Hard to imagine, isn’t it?

I have no idea what the merits are in this particular case.  But just ask former (recalled) governor Gray Davis of California about whether regulatory commissions can have anything to do with a politician’s future.

HEK

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FERC Discovers Section 5 of the Natural Gas Act

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Despite rumors of its disappearance,  the FERC discovered that Section 5  is still part of the Natural Gas Act (http://www.ferc.gov/news/news-releases/2009/2009-4/11-19-09-G-3.asp).   Many believed that The Market had replaced Section 5, but apparently this is not the case.

I am not willing to leap to conclusions about what the actual rates should be in these three particular cases, other than that they should be just.  And reasonable too.  The pipelines have not yet filed their cases.  New shale gas discoveries, particularly the Marcellus field, have the potential to change gas supply and transportation patterns.  Gas  is being touted as a “transition fuel” in the movement towards a greener future.  So it is fitting to look at pipeline rates as part of an overall assessment of the natural gas supply chain.

I still have some expertise in pipeline rates and rate design.  My dance card is not yet filled.  Call or email me if there is something I can do for you.

HEK

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Updated EIA Energy Forecast to 2035 Presentation

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

GEEI Announcement.  See their website for further information.

HEK

Global Energy and Environment Initiative (GEEI) presents EIA’s Updated Energy Forecasts to 2035
WHO: Richard G. Newell, Administrator, Energy Information Agency (EIA), U.S. Department of Energy
WHEN: 9:30 AM Eastern Time
Monday, December 14, 2009
WHERE: The Kenney Auditorium, SAIS Main Building, 1st Floor
1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington D.C., 20036
RSVP: geei@jhu.edu
For information please visit the GEEI website: www.geei-sais.org.