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Algonquin to Offer Additional Point Flexibility During Maintenance

Mark Reishus
November 7, 2019 at 14:14:27 ET
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On Nov. 7, 2019, FERC waived certain tariff provisions to allow Algonquin Gas Transmission LLC (Algonquin) to temporarily provide its customers with additional receipt point flexibility to mitigate the effects of scheduled system maintenance.

As part of a pipeline facility integrity maintenance program, Algonquin intends to reduce operating pressure on, and potentially take out of service, certain sections of its pipeline facilities during the 2019-2020 winter season. In response to customer inquiries, “Algonquin has determined that awarding temporary receipt point flexibility, and using available capacity through an open and transparent process, will help its customers to mitigate certain of the impacts.”

According to Algonquin, the additional receipt point flexibility will allow customers more options in sourcing gas supply from unconstrained points through unconstrained paths during the implementation of the integrity program.

If demand exceeds certain posted meter capacity, Algonquin will allocate the capacity on a pro-rata bases among requesting customers.

No adverse comments or protests were filed.

“We find that good cause exists to grant the requested temporary waiver of the provisions of Algonquin’s tariff … because doing so will facilitate service continuity to affected customers during Algonquin’s planned system maintenance. Further, granting this waiver is consistent with Commission action on several occasions that granted similar temporary waivers during system capacity constraint situations on other pipelines. Accordingly, we grant the requested temporary waiver to be effective from November 8, 2019, through April 15, 2020.”

See ¶465: Flexible Receipt and Delivery Points for more information on FERC’s policies governing point flexibility.

Algonquin Gas Transmission LLC, Letter Order Granting Filed Request for Waiver, 169 FERC ¶61,099 (2019) [Docket No. RP20-79-000].

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