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FERC, CFTC, and State Energy Law Developments

On October 21, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) denied rehearing of its ruling in Arizona Public Service Co. (APS), 132 FERC ¶ 61,064 (2010), where it announced that the prohibition against buy/sell transactions applies equally to intrastate pipelines engaged in NGPA Section 311 transactions and to Hinshaw pipelines. At the same time, the Commission issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) in Docket No. RM11-1 seeking comments on whether and how holders of firm interstate capacity on intrastate pipelines and Hinshaw pipelines can allow others to use their capacity, including whether buy/sell transactions should be permitted.  Read more…