FERC Tweaks its Gas-Electric Rule and Seeks Further Comments

By Lindsay Berkstresser, EnergyBiz.

Earlier this year, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), the federal agency that oversees interstate natural gas transportation and electric transmission, changed the way shippers on interstate natural gas pipelines nominate and pipelines confirm service.

FERC set an effective date of April 1, 2016 to implement the changes in the daily transportation nomination cycles, which FERC hoped would ease the inherent coordination that occurs between interstate pipeline transportation scheduling and electric transmission scheduling.

But the implementation timing in Order No. 809 was not clear, according to three major trade associations, who filed requests with FERC to clarify the ambiguity. On July 31, 2015, FERC resolved the implementation question and called for new comments on an additional transitional issue the associations had raised.