WATCHING WASHINGTON FUNDING FOR GAS RESEARCH

With Patrick Crow The shift to increased gas market competition is creating problems for the U.S. industry's main research and development organization, the Gas Research Institute. Since 1977, GRI has been funded through a surcharge on interstate gas shipments. Each year the Federal Energy Regulatory Administration approves the GRI budget, 5 year research plan, and surcharge. This year the 1.51/Mcf surcharge-it has been 1.51 or less since 1988-will support a $200 million budget. Pressured

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