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natural gas industry, industry which expects to expand its share of the nation's overall energy market in the near future.

ONCLUSION

AGD appreciates the opportunity to comment on s. 341 and Senator Bingaman's amendments. We are fully prepared to assist

this Committee in the development of a more efficient natural gas

regulatory structure that will further enhance the gas industry's ability to obtain for society the maximum beneficial use of natu

ral gas.

ASSOCIATED GAS DISTRIBUTORS

AGD

Suite 10-South, 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004-2505 • 202-466-5329

Supplemental Prepared Statement of

ASSOCIATED GAS DISTRIBUTORS

Submitted to the

UNITED STATES SENATE

COLOTTEE ON ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES

SUPPLIERS OF NATURAL GAS TO
CONSUMERS

Atlanta Gas Light Co.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.
Bay State Gas Co.
The Berkshire Gas Co.
Boston Gas Co.
The Brooklyn Union Gas Co.
Central Florida Gas Co.
Central Hudson Gas and

Electric Corp.
Chesapeake Utilities Corp.
City of Holyoke, Mass., Gas

and Electric Dept.
City of Norwich, Dept. of Public

Utilities
City of Westfield Gas and

Electric Light Dept.
Colonial Gas Co.
Commonwealth Gas Co.
Consolidated Edison Company of

New York, Inc.
Delmarva Power and Light Co.
Elizabethtown Gas Co.
EnergyNorth Natural Gas, Inc.
Essex County Gas Co.
Fitchburg Gas and Electric

Light Co.
Frederick Gas Co., Inc.
New Jersey Natural Gas Co.
New York State Electric & Gas Corp.
North Carolina Natural

Gas Corp.
Northern Utilities, Inc.
Pennsylvania Gas and Water Co.
Philadelphia Electric Co.
Philadelphia Gas Works
Plant City Gas Co.
Providence Gas Co.
Public Service Company of

North Carolina, Inc.
Public Service Electric and

Gas Co.
Shenandoah Gas Co.
South County Gas Co.
South Jersey Gas Co.
Southern California Gas Co.
The Southern Connecticut

Gas Co.
UGI Corporation
Valley Gas Co.
Washington Gas Light Co.
Yankee Gas Services Co.

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On March 14, 1991, AGD submitted a prepared statement for the Committee's hearing record Title X of S. 341, the "National

on

Energy Security Act of 1991," and certain amendments to that

bill

offered by Senator Bingaman.

This supplemental statement provides

AGD's views on the natural gas title of s.

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tion's "National Energy Strategy Act" (NES), and responds to certain issues raised at the March 7, 1991 hearing on s. 341.

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As an introductory matter, it should be noted that the
gas regulatory reform title of s. 570, the NES, goes well be-

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Natural Gas Act (NGA) regulatory structure, s. 570 would authorize

sweeping and fundamental revisions to that structure

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alter dramatically the operation of an essential component of the natural gas industry interstate pipelines. AGD agrees that many aspects of the present federal regulatory structure should be streamlined and fine-tuned for the benefit of the gas industry and society at large. AGD does not, however, agree with the approach taken in s. 570 which would, as a practical matter, "re-invent the wheel" and saddle industry with a wholly unproven structure at a time when some reasonable modicum of certainty and stability in regulation is critical to achieving the market promise of natural

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S. 570 seems to be based upon a set of theoretical

premises the effect that the interstate pipeline industry is "competitive," that regulation of these natural monopolies is no longer in

the

public interest and that "market forces" can therefore elicit

efficiencies which are lost by government regulation. There is certainly some truth to these premises, but hardly enough to go as far as s. 570 would go toward interstate pipeline decontrol. At this point in time, the inherent market power of interstate pipelines simply cannot reasonably be ignored or dismissed to the

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tent done in s. 570.

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It is answer to say that much of s. 570 merely confers "options" on pipelines. The fact is that "options" such as those set forth in s. 570 will, through a combination of interstate pipeline market power, both monopoly and monopsony, and strong market demands at the city-gates and production fields, accentuate the unequal bargaining positions of industry participants and permit pipelines to extract above free market concessions from all others in the industry and, ultimately, from consumers well. Further, in a competitive market, these "options" will more likely than not become the standard order of business and thereby replace entirely the NGA regulatory structure. The necessity for this outcome is questionable, and the appropriateness of it is similarly dubious given the dramatic changes that have already occurred in the gas industry and the fact that many elements of S. 570 could be accomplished by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (PERC or Commission) under present law and in a manner which would allow full and considered treatment of the views and concerns of

all affected parties.

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interstate pipeline interconnections either "downstream" at delivery points "upstream" at receipt points. NGA S 7(a) has, of course, provided authority for the Commission to order downstrear interconnections for many years. This power, though used sparingly, has elicited a body of Commission precedent and case law that

has defined the parameters of PERC action in such cases.

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is generally comfortable with these procedures, but their expansion upstream interconnections raises new issues related to potential service impairment to existing customers which

not adequately accounted for by the proposed revisions to s 7(a). Issues relating to existing capacity entitlements, transportation obligations once

interconnected, and cost (beyond the physical facilities) allocation as to administration (dispatching, metering, balancing, etc.) of the interconnection are left unresolved by the proposal.

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The protections set forth in proposed S 7(a) (3) are essentially restatement of the conditions found in the "provided" clause of the present s 7(a).

There is, however, significant difference between the present s 7(a) and the proposed revision. The proposed revision includes the new S 7(k) "non jurisdictional option" facilities, and those facilities may be for the transpor

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