A rate case filing expected June I by Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America (NGPC) will signal how U.S. gas pipelines are adjusting to the emerging trend of transmission capacity turnbacks by local distribution companies (LDCs). The rate case, in addition to a separate filing this spring, shows how NGPC is restructuring its services. The aim is to adjust to LDCs that want to book less firm capacity and instead pay on an as-needed basis, says NGPC Executive Vice Pres. Gary Bartlett. NGPC is considered a key pipeline because it serves the highly competitive Chicago area market, and its long term contracts are coming up for renegotiation so...

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