FERC sets the agenda for April 25 gas-electricity coordination meeting

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in an announcement to be published in the April 12 Federal Register, released the agenda for the upcoming April 25 technical conference on how to better coordinate natural gas and electric scheduling.

This is the latest in a series of conferences that FERC has held in the last year on how to make sure that natural gas is available at all times to fuel the increasing number of gas-fired power plants in the U.S. The April 25 conference will be held at FERC headquarters in Washington, DC.

FERC staff will open the day with a presentation on the gas and electric days, the gas scheduling timeline and electric scheduling timelines.

Then there will be a morning roundtable that will address how to best align the gas and electric schedules, including whether and on what geographic footprint an “energy day” and the scheduling for that day should be pursued, and whether there is a need for interregional or regional gas or electric scheduling modifications. This roundtable session will address whether and to what extent the electric and natural gas scheduling practices need to be aligned, what scheduling practices need to be revised (gas, electric or both), and whether alignment should be national, regional, or interconnection-wide. This roundtable session will also explore how electric markets are responding to the needs of gas-fired generators.

Roundtable panelists should be prepared to discuss matters including:

  • What would be the consequences of implementing a single “energy day” that combines the gas and electric days and the scheduling for that day?
  • If an interregional or regional approach to harmonizing gas or electric scheduling would improve efficient use of existing infrastructure, how could the different gas and electric geographic footprints be reconciled? How would this work for organized and bilateral electric markets?
  • Some have proposed to integrate gas and electric scheduling on an interregional basis through a coordinated Eastern Interconnection gas and electric schedule and a coordinated Western Interconnection gas and electric schedule. What are the consequences of such a proposal?
  • How could such interregional electric schedules be harmonized with the natural gas schedule?

Scheduled morning session participants include:

  • Robert Hayes, Vice President, Physical Trading and Operation, Calpine Corp.;
  • Georgia Carter, Senior Vice President, Rates & Regulatory Affairs, Columbia Pipeline Group;
  • Jim Ginnetti, Senior Vice President, EquiPower Resources Corp.;
  • Lin Franks, Senior Strategist, RTO, FERC & Compliance Initiatives, Indianapolis Power & Light;
  • Scott Rupff, Vice President, Marketing, Development & Commercial Operations, Iroquois Pipeline Operating Co.;
  • Peter Brandien, Vice President of System Operations, ISO-NE; and
  • Ray Miller, Vice President, Pipeline Management, Kinder Morgan.

The afternoon roundtable will address suggestions regarding incremental changes to gas scheduling and explore the services already provided by pipelines, marketers and capacity release markets and whether these services could be expanded to provide additional use of existing infrastructure.

Roundtable panelists should be prepared to discuss questions including:

  • As some parties have suggested, should additional natural gas nomination opportunities be provided within the scheduling timeline? For example, would an additional nomination period during the night or early morning provide flexibility that would be used by shippers? What are the costs and benefits of doing so?
  • Is it sufficient to permit enhanced pipeline nomination opportunities by individual pipelines given the need to coordinate such nominations with upstream and downstream parties?
  • Given technological advances, are there opportunities to reduce the time between gas nominations and confirmations for intraday nominations? What would be the benefits and costs of implementing such a change?
  • The current business practice standards (NAESB Standard 1.3.80) permit shippers with scheduled gas past the point of a constraint to sell or transfer that gas supply to others without the need to reschedule. How do pipelines implement this requirement? What revisions, if any, are needed to provide more flexibility? How can marketers use this standard to help transfer gas?

Scheduled afternoon session participants include:

  • Daniel Buckner, Director of Fuels Origination and Strategic Development, ACES;
  • John Fortman, Director, Commercial Services, AGL Resources;
  • Patrick Dinkel, Vice President, Resource Management, Arizona Public Service;
  • Mark Evans, Vice President, North America Gas and Power Market, BG Energy Merchants LLC;
  • Kathy Kirk, Senior VP, Marketing & Origination / Adina Owen, Corporate Counsel, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP;
  • Tina Burnett, Senior Energy Analyst (on behalf of Process Gas Consumers Group), The Boeing Corp.;
  • Kevin Holder, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Cardinal Gas Storage Partners; and
  • Chris Ditzel, Division Vice President, Commercial Operations, CenterPoint Energy.
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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.