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NAESB proceeding on gas-electric coordination offers opportunity for public power utilities

From the April 7, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published April 7, 2014

By Robert Varela
Editorial Director
In response to a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order, the North American Energy Standards Board’s (NAESB) Gas-Electric Harmonization (GEH) Committee has begun a proceeding to develop consensus standards to better coordinate the scheduling practices of the electricity industry and natural gas pipelines. The March 20 FERC order proposed specific changes to gas industry practices but gave the industry 180 days to develop consensus standards, including any modifications to the commission’s proposed changes. The harmonization committee proceeding is open to all stakeholders (e.g., public power utilities), but participation in committee meetings (by phone or in person) is vital since votes take place during the meetings.

As part of its March 20 directives, FERC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to improve coordination between the electricity and natural gas industries. (See the March 21 Public Power Daily.)

While many in the electric industry support FERC’s proposed changes, natural gas pipelines generally do not. The commission proposed to (i) start the natural gas operating day earlier; (ii) move the Timely Nomination Cycle later; and (iii) increase the number of intra-day nomination opportunities to help shippers adjust their scheduling in order to reflect changes in demand.

All stakeholders, regardless of membership in NAESB, can participate in the harmonization committee meetings, where they can discuss their views on FERC’s NOPR proposal, offer alternatives and vote on motions. NAESB procedures give a single vote to each stakeholder.

To participate, please RSVP to NAESB via email ( or phone (713/356-0060). If you are unable to participate but would like to be put on NAESB’s distribution list for this effort, provide NAESB with your contact information and indicate you would like to be put on the list.

A paper on NAESB voting procedures and a proposed schedule are posted on NAESB’s website.


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