Watching Government: Looking ahead

12/03/2001
US natural gas utilities want to keep research money flowing after the government phases out a pipeline surcharge program that expires in 2005.Speaking for the American Gas Association, Craig Matthews, vice-chairman and chief operating officer of KeySpan Energy Corp., urged state utility regulators last month to support a new $65 million industry program that would replace the Gas Technology Institute research and development fund. The fund is collected by surcharges approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the agency that oversees wholesale gas markets.Over the past 20 years, the FERC system has been a major R&D funding source. As much as $212 million/year has been spent on ...
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