FERC Schedules Technical Conference on Coordination between Natural Gas and Electricity Markets for February 13, 2013 and Seeks Comments
Earlier this year, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) began examining the issues related to the coordination between the natural gas and electric markets. After a series of technical conferences, FERC issued an order directing further conferences and reports. The next conference will focus on information sharing and communications issues between natural gas and electric power organizations. The technical conference will be held at FERC on February 13, 2013, beginning at 9:00 am and ending at approximately 4:00 pm. Interested parties are asked to file comments on the questions in the notice by January 7, 2013. Here are some of the questions asked:
Should natural gas pipeline and electric utility system operators be allowed to exchange information that is not publicly posted?
If so, what kinds of information should be permitted to be shared and under what circumstances?
If information is shared, is there a need for enhanced protections against the improper use of the material communicated and what protections would be appropriate?
Is the answer the same if a natural gas pipeline or its affiliate sells or buys wholesale electric power?
If there are concerns that the increased communications might cause potential harm to industry participants, please explain those concerns.
Please consider examples of information sharing that include both verbal and digital information.
FERC says responses to these and other questions in the notice will form the basis of the agenda for the February 2013 technical conference on communications and information-sharing.
Those also interested in speaking at the technical conference should notify the Commission by January 7, 2013 by completing the online form at the following webpage: https://www.ferc.gov/whats-new/registration/gas-elec-mkts-speaker-02-13-13-form.asp.
I am glad FERC is examining the issues. Based on the questions above, I predict job security for those in compliance.