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Changes in natural gas prices and supplies since passage of the Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978.

Changes in natural gas prices and supplies since passage of the Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978.

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Published by U.S. General Accounting Office .
Written in English


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Pagination38 p. $0.00 C.1.
Number of Pages38
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Open LibraryOL17584894M

By regulating transportation service prices, FERC is ultimately restricting growth in overall pipeline capacity. There is general consensus among analysts in Washington that decontrol would be as divisive an issue in Congress now as it was in These contracts lock in a certain price for the utility and help shield the company from fluctuations in the spot market. Energy researchers upset about the differing federal numbers aired their grievances at a conference at Penn State in March organized by Engelder. Consumer prices during the first quarter of were 33 percent higher than the average prices.

As the commercial success of the Barnett Shale became apparent, other companies started drilling wells in this formation, and bythe Barnett Shale was producing almost half a trillion cubic feet Tcf of natural gas per year. The Act eliminated the price disparity between the natural gas sold in interstate and intrastate commerce by subjecting both to Federal regulations. It allows the complete unbundling of transportation, storage, and marketing; the customer now chooses the most efficient method of obtaining its gas. Further Reading American Gas Association. Source: U.

He thinks the law should be left alone except for changes in regulations that restrict future industrial use of natural gas. Oil companies claimed that because production and gathering was exempt, any sales that took place at the wellhead or along the gathering lines between the oil company that owned the well and the pipeline company was also exempt from Natural Gas Act regulation. The Act eliminated the price disparity between the natural gas sold in interstate and intrastate commerce by subjecting both to Federal regulations. Second, more attempts to find gas were successful, but by the s, most legally accessible areas had been well probed. Inthe Supreme Court ruled that federal regulation extended to the wellhead prices received by producers.


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Changes in natural gas prices and supplies since passage of the Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978. book

Published by EH. This notion was supported by the stark fact that if the levels of consumption and new discoveries of the s prevailed, the country would deplete its proved reserves of gas in 20 to 30 years.

These contracts required the pipelines to pay for a certain amount of the contracted gas, whether or not they can take the full contracted amount. Rising natural gas prices resulted in the dropping off of some of the demand that had built up when the price for natural gas was held below its market value.

But raising the average price of domestic natural gas to the prevailing price of comparable petroleum products would double or triple gas bills, according to several analyses. During the s, regulators in most states with large industrial loads began to allow industrial consumers to transport their own gas purchases over LDC lines, replacing regimes in which LDCs acted as full-requirements resellers of gas to all of their customers.

The act was passed to control the monopolistic tendencies of the market in which companies previously had the power to charge higher than competitive prices. Investor-owned local distribution companies LDCs are typically regulated by state public service commissions regarding the services they provide.

McClure R of Idaho supports faster decontrol of natural gas, but he believes the prospects for such a bill clearing Congress this year "are nil," according to an aide.

Erickson sees conditions worsening under the law. Inthe Supreme Court decision in Phillips v. Because of the distribution network that was needed to deliver natural gas to customers, it was decided that one company with a single distribution network could deliver natural gas more cheaply than two companies with overlying distribution networks and markets.

The capacity release programs allow the resale of unwanted pipeline capacity between pipeline customers.

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In the unified market, prices at different locations differ only by the cost of transporting gas between them, as long as pipeline capacity is not a constraint due to severe weather. Local governments saw the monopolistic tendencies of the market and began to enforce regulations.

With the full deregulation of wellhead natural gas prices and the repeal of the associated Federal Energy Regulatory Commission FERC regulations, tight natural gas no longer has a specific definition, but it generically still refers to natural gas produced from low-permeability sandstone and carbonate reservoirs.

The shortages prompted government to modify natural gas regulatory policy in order to stimulate production. December Ultimately, MacAvoy posits that over time an unregulated gas market will function in the public interest more so than a regulated one. This law was aimed at encouraging more exploration for natural gas while restricting the use of the fuel.

By regulating transportation service prices, FERC is ultimately restricting growth in overall pipeline capacity. The FPC set interim ceiling prices based on the average natural gas contract prices paid during for a particular area.

Are Exports the Answer? A customer requiring pipeline transportation can refer to these bulletin boards, and find out if there is any available capacity on the pipeline, or if there is any released capacity available for purchase or lease from one who has already purchased capacity but does not need it.

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Between the years of andstates attempted to regulate many of these interstate pipelines. Indonesia is currently the largest LNG producer, reflecting its proximity to Japan. In the early days of the industry mids natural gas was predominantly manufactured from coal, to be delivered locally, generally within the same municipality in which it was produced.

Current supplies of natural gas are generally adequate. Although The Natural Gas Market is a brief book, it is the capstone of a career-long studious investigation into U. For example, as a physical hedge, many LDCs begin buying and storing natural gas for the upcoming winter as early as April.

Wisconsin U. Most gas is traded in short-term markets for delivery during the next month. The solution, from the point of view of the local governments, was to regulate the rates these natural monopolies charged, and set down regulations that prevented them from abusing their market power.

Somewhat counterintuitively, residential and commercial prices are higher on a per-unit basis during the summer.The National Energy Act included the Natural Gas Policy Act, which reduced the scope of federal price regulation, to bring greater competition to both the natural gas and electric industry.

InCongress ended federal regulation of wellhead natural gas prices, with the passage of the Natural Gas Wellhead Decontrol Act of Headquarters: Washington, D.C., U.S. The revamped natural gas industry had its genesis in with the passage of the Natural Gas Policy Act, which mandated the partial, gradual abolition of price controls on wellhead gas.

The market pressures from a liberalized wellhead market led to major FERC actions resulting in. began with the passage of the Natural Gas Policy Act ofprices began to rise in the mid- s, a period of tur moil in international energy mar-kets that saw a sharp increase in crude oil prices.

Eventually, natural gas prices peaked in at $ per mcf (nominal). Prices subsequently retreated modestly and then r emained fairly sta ble. The Natural Gas Act of had an enormous impact on the future of not only the interstate natural gas market, but the U.S. energy policy and regulation.

The natural gas industry has undergone tremendous change sinceand pipeline companies no longer function as resellers of gas to local distribution companies (LDCs), the ideas behind the Enacted by: the 75th United States Congress. The industry is split over whether the current phased decontrol of most categories of gas by under the Natural Gas Policy Act is unlocking more supplies or if higher prices from decontrol are.

Oct 25,  · Tight natural gas was first identified as a separate category of natural gas production with the passage of the Natural Gas Policy Act of (NGPA). The NGPA established tight natural gas as a separate wellhead natural gas pricing category that could obtain unregulated market-determined prices.