Pipeline Posting Requirements Under Section 23 of the Natural Gas Act
In this Final Rule, the Commission adds regulations to require certain major non-interstate natural gas pipelines to post daily scheduled volume information and design capacity for certain points. The Commission also revises its regulations to require interstate natural gas pipelines to post information regarding the provision of no-notice service. The posting requirements will facilitate price transparency in markets for the sale or transportation of physical natural gas in interstate commerce to implement section 23 of the Natural Gas Act, 15 U.S.C. 717t-2 (2000 & Supp. V 2005).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The EIA is soliciting comments on the proposed revision and three-year extension to the Form OE-781R ``Report of International Electrical Export/Import Data.''
Conduct of Employees and Former Employees; Exemption From Post-Employment Restrictions for Communications; Furnishing Scientific or Technological Information
The Department of Energy (DOE) today issues a proposed rule to establish procedures under which a former employee of the executive branch may obtain approval from DOE to make communications to DOE solely for the purpose of furnishing scientific or technological information during the period the former employee is subject to post- employment restrictions set forth in 18 U.S.C. 207(a), (c), and (d). The proposed rule also would further define the term ``scientific or technological information,'' for which an exemption is provided by 18 U.S.C. 207(j)(5).
Promotion of a More Efficient Capacity Release Market
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) is issuing an order addressing the requests for clarification and/or rehearing of Order No. 712 [73 FR 37058, June 30, 2008]. Order No. 712 revised Commission regulations governing interstate natural gas pipelines to reflect changes in the market for short-term transportation services on pipelines and to improve the efficiency of the Commission's capacity release program. The order permitted market based pricing for short term capacity releases and facilitated asset management arrangements (AMA) by relaxing the Commission's prohibition on tying and on its bidding requirements for certain capacity releases. The Commission further clarified in the order that its prohibition on tying does not apply to conditions associated with gas inventory held in storage for releases of firm storage capacity. Finally, the Commission waived its prohibition on tying and bidding requirements for capacity releases made as part of state-approved open access programs. This order generally denies rehearing and clarifies Order No. 712.
Contract Reporting Requirements of Intrastate Natural Gas Companies
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is considering whether to revise its contract reporting requirements for those natural gas pipelines that fall under the Commission's jurisdiction pursuant to section 311 of the Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978 or section 1(c) of the Natural Gas Act. This Notice of Inquiry will assist the Commission in determining what changes, if any, should be made to its regulations.
Questions Concerning Technology Transfer Practices at DOE Laboratories
DOE hereby publishes the following questions concerning technology practices at DOE laboratories. Interested parties are requested to answer some or all of the questions at their discretion. In answering the questions parties are requested to identify whether they represent a large business (> 500 employees), a small business, a non-profit organization, a university, or other.
Western Electricity Coordinating Council Regional Reliability Standard Regarding Automatic Time Error Correction
Pursuant to section 215(d)(2) of the Federal Power Act (FPA), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposes to approve a regional Reliability Standard, BAL-004-WECC-01 (Automatic Time Error Correction), submitted to the Commission by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). As a separate action, pursuant to section 215(d)(5) of the FPA, the Commission proposes to direct WECC to develop several modifications to the regional Reliability Standard. The proposed regional Reliability Standard would require balancing authorities within the Western Interconnection to maintain interconnection frequency within a predefined frequency profile and ensure that time error corrections are effectively conducted in a manner that does not adversely affect the reliability of the Interconnection.
Electric Reliability Organization Interpretations of Specific Requirements of Frequency Response and Bias and Voltage and Reactive Control Reliability Standards
Pursuant to section 215 of the Federal Power Act, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposes to: approve NERC's proposed interpretation of certain specific requirements of one Commission- approved Reliability Standard, BAL-003-0, Frequency Response and Bias; and remand NERC's proposed interpretation of VAR-001-1, Voltage and Reactive Control, for reconsideration consistent with this rulemaking.
Fuel Retention Practices of Natural Gas Companies
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is terminating its notice of inquiry regarding its policy on the in-kind recovery of fuel and lost and unaccounted-for gas by natural gas pipeline companies and will consider any changes to the application of such policy in individual cases.