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Technical Conference Will Consider Columbia Gas’ Periodic TCRA Filing

Mark Reishus
June 11, 2019 at 13:23:03 ET

On May 31, 2019, FERC ordered its staff to consider Columbia Gas Transmission LLC’s (Columbia Gas) May 1, 2019 proposal to adjust its Transportation Costs Rate Adjustment (TCRA) at a previously ordered technical conference.

Columbia Gas’ FERC-approved tariff allows it to recover through the TCRA its costs incurred for the transmission and compression of gas by others (i.e., Operational 858 costs).

FERC established the technical conference in Columbia Gas Transmission LLC, 166 FERC ¶61,229 (2019) [Docket No. RP19-763-000], after Columbia Gas filed, on March 1, 2019, its 2019 Annual TCRA Filing proposing to recover $45,380,926.

Columbia Gas filed its May 1, 2019 Periodic TCRA Filing to increase the TCRA amount by $6,700,000 in response to rate increases on Texas Eastern Transmission LP’s system.

“The Commission finds that the Protesters raise issues as to whether Columbia Gas has properly included certain costs in its calculation of its TCRA surcharge that would best be addressed at a technical conference. … Because the instant filing raises related issues the Commission will also require the issues raised by the instant filing to be addressed at the technical conference to be held in Docket No. RP19-763-000 on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.”

FERC permitted the periodic TCRA to become effective June 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020, rather than for a 12-month period as provided for in the tariff. Doing so “will permit Columbia Gas to submit its next annual TCRA filing on or before March 1, 2020, to become effective April 1, 2020, in compliance with [the tariff], without overlapping with the periodic TCRA submitted in the instant filing.”

See ¶501 — Cost-based Rates for more information on the recovery of costs through surcharges.

Columbia Gas Transmission LLC, Order Accepting and Suspending Tariff Records Subject to Refund and the Outcome of a Technical Conference, 167 FERC ¶61,191 (2019) [Docket Nos. RP19-1191-000 and RP19-763-000].