INGAA: California tariff crimps gas pipeline industry

California state regulators have approved a pipeline tariff that limits competition and discourages the development of new interstate pipelines needed to directly serve California consumers, pipeline industry officials charged last week.The claim came in testimony by the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America to a US House of Representatives subcommittee.INGAA testimonyINGAA said the California Public Utilities Commission in August approved a "peaking service" tariff on Southern California Gas Co.'s pipeline that discourages comparison shopping. Under the tariff, if an electric power generator wants to take gas service from two pipelines, it will pay a higher rate on SoCalGas&#...

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