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Title: Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978: Natural Gas Rate Design Study

First, the comments on May 3, 1979 Notice of Inquiry of DOE relating to the Gas Utility Rate Design Study Required by Section 306 of PURPA are presented. Then, comments on the following are included: (1) ICF Gas Utility Model, Gas Utility Model Data Outputs, Scenario Design; (2) Interim Model Development Report with Example Case Illustrations; (3) Interim Report on Simulation of Seven Rate Forms; (4) Methodology for Assessing the Impacts of Alternative Rate Designs on Industrial Energy Use; (5) Simulation of Marginal-Cost-Based Natural Gas Rates; and (6) Preliminary Discussion Draft of the Gas Rate Design Study. Among the most frequent comments expressed were the following: (a) the public should be given the opportunity to review the final report prior to its submission to Congress; (b) results based on a single computer model of only four hypothetical utility situations cannot be used for policy-making purposes for individual companies or the entire gas industry; (c) there has been an unobjective treatment of traditional and economic cost rate structures; the practical difficulties and potential detrimental consequences of economic cost rates are not fully disclosed; and (d) it is erroneous to assume that end users, particularly residential customers, are influenced by price signalsmore » in the rate structure, as opposed to the total bill.« less
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5245935
Report Number(s):
DOE/RG-0035/2
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Department of Energy, Washington, DC (USA). Economic Regulatory Administration
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 03 NATURAL GAS; GAS UTILITIES; RATE STRUCTURE; NATURAL GAS; REGULATIONS; PUBLIC UTILITY REGULATORY POLICIES ACT; DESIGN; EVALUATION; ENERGY SOURCES; FLUIDS; FOSSIL FUELS; FUEL GAS; FUELS; GAS FUELS; GASES; LAWS; NATIONAL ENERGY ACT; PUBLIC UTILITIES 294003* -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Natural Gas; 293000 -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Policy, Legislation, & Regulation; 031000 -- Natural Gas-- Legislation & Regulations