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FERC Raises the Bar for Public Participation in Gas Pipeline Certificate Proceedings

Posted in FERC
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has a long-standing reputation for non-partisan decision-making. This was reinforced by its January 2018 rejection of the Department of Energy’s demand that electric pricing rules be changed to incentivize coal-fired and nuclear electric generation.  More recent FERC actions, however, suggest that this independent regulatory agency is trending towards greater… Continue Reading

New Tax Law Exerts Downward Pressure on Incremental Project Recourse Rates

Posted in FERC
Pipeline expansion capacity is priced at the incremental cost of service of the new facilities to be constructed. This causes the incremental recourse rate to generally be higher than the otherwise applicable system recourse rate. That is no longer necessarily the case. In an order issued to Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company January 18, 2018, FERC… Continue Reading

Alaska In-State Gas Pipeline Moving Forward

Posted in Natural Resources, Northwest
To most people, the phrase “bullet line” no doubt conveys an image of fast Japanese trains; but in Alaska, it means a small diameter gas pipeline running the 730 miles across the wilderness from Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic Ocean to the state’s population centers.  For nearly half a century, the heating and power requirements… Continue Reading