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AGA J02011

2011 Edition, January 1, 2011

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The AGA FERC Manual: A Guide for Local Distribution Companies

Includes all amendments and changes through Change/Amendment , 2011

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Superseded By: AGA J02012

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  • Revision: 2011 Edition, January 1, 2011
  • Published Date: January 2011
  • Status: Superseded By:
  • Superseded By: AGA J02012
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: American Gas Association (AGA)
  • Page Count: 332
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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TO THE 2011 EDITION What's in the FERC Manual, 2011 Edition?

From the inception of the FERC Manual, the American Gas Association, the Sponsoring Members of the FERC Manual, and the Legal and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") Regulatory Committees, anticipated that as FERC's requirements and restrictions changed, some of the substance covered by the 2010 Edition would need to be updated to keep it current. Their foresight was borne out by a number of developments.

As the American Gas Association observed in recent comments filed at FERC,1 FERC continued its notable increase of the regulation of intrastate and Hinshaw pipelines despite the fact that these entities generally lie outside of FERC's jurisdiction under the Natural Gas Act ("NGA") or operate under grants of authority that had been accompanied by the commitment that they would be exposed only to the most limited exercise of FERC jurisdiction.

FERC required major non-interstate pipelines to post on a daily basis on their internet web sites scheduling and available capacity information at major receipt and delivery points on their systems. FERC has required intrastate pipelines that provide interstate service under section 311 of the Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978 ("NGPA") and Hinshaw pipelines providing service pursuant to section 284.224 of FERC's regulations to file their statements of operating conditions in electronic format and to include rate sheets as part of their electronic tariffs. Although FERC decreased the frequency of the obligation to restate rates for jurisdictional services, it increased the frequency of the requirement of intrastate and Hinshaw pipelines to report information regarding contracts for jurisdictional services from an annual basis (for transportation services) and semi-annual (for storage services) to a quarterly basis for all services, while also requiring such reports to be filed electronically.2

FERC provided new clarifications to its Form 552 reporting requirements under which market participants are required annually to report information regarding physical natural gas transactions that use an index or that may contribute to the formation of a gas index.

Although for almost twenty years FERC had not attempted to impose capacity release tariff requirements on section 311 pipelines and Hinshaw pipelines, in response to a waiver request for a specific transaction, FERC announced that buy/ sell transactions on section 311 pipelines and Hinshaw pipelines were impermissible.

1. See AGA Comments, Capacity Transfers on Intrastate Natural Gas Pipelines, Docket No. RM11-1-000 (Dec. 29, 2010).

2. See id.