California Energy Commission delays vote on gas infrastructure report

The California Energy Commission has delayed until Sept. 12 consideration of a staff report recommending California natural gas utilities be required to maintain a 15-20% reserve margin, or "slack capacity."The final draft of an assessment of natural gas infrastructure issues was scheduled to be adopted at the CEC's Aug. 29 meeting. The report, undertaken in the wake of the California energy crisis, called for new reliability standards for the state's natural gas transportation and storage system that take into account changing gas demand, especially for electric generators. Tight supplies and limited transportation capacity and storage capacity contributed to last year's run-...

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