[Federal Register Volume 60, Number 177 (Wednesday, September 13, 1995)]
[Pages 47556-47557]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 95-22674]


[Docket Nos. TA96-1-23-000 and TM96-3-23-000]

Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company; Notice of Proposed Changes in 
FERC Gas Tariff

September 7, 1995.
    Take notice that on September 1, 1995, Eastern Shore Natural Gas 
Company (Eastern Shore) tendered for filing certain revised tariff 
sheets included in Appendix A attached to the filing. Such revised 
tariff sheets bear a proposed effective date of November 1, 1995.
    Eastern Shore states the above referenced revised tariff sheets 
were filed in Eastern Shore's annual Purchased Gas Adjustment (PGA) 
filing as required by Section 154.305 of the Commission's Regulations 
and Sections 21 and 23, respectively, of the General Terms and 
conditions of Eastern Shore's FERC Gas Tariff. Such filing consists of 
the calculation of (1) current adjustments for the Demand and Commodity 
purchased gas component and (2) current adjustments for the Demand and 
Commodity transportation cost component, of Eastern Shore's 
jurisdictional sales rates.
    Eastern Shore states its sales rates set forth on such revised 
tariff sheets reflect an overall increase of $2.4323 per dt in the 
Demand Charge and an overall increase of $0.2255 per dt in the 
Commodity Charge, as measured against Eastern Shore's revised regularly 
scheduled quarterly PGA filing as submitted in Docket No. TQ95-4-23-001 
in Eastern Shore's Compliance Filing submitted on August 29, 1995.
    Eastern Shore states that the calculation of revised annual Demand 
and Commodity surcharge calculations to amortize its Account No. 191 
Unrecovered Purchased Gas Cost and Unrecovered Transportation Cost 
balances as of June 30, 1995 are not included in its annual PGA filing 
and requests the Commission to waive its regulations in this regard.
    Eastern Shore states it submitted on August 29, 1995 a Compliance 
Filing to comply with the Commission's order issued August 17, 1995 in 
Docket Nos. TA94-1-23-003, et al. The Commission's order approved 
Eastern Shore's Offer of Settlement (``Settlement'') as filed on June 
19, 1995 pursuant to Rule 602 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and 
Procedure. More specifically, the filing was submitted in accordance 
with Articles I, II, and III of the Settlement.
    Article I provided that, within fifteen days after the Commission 
approved the Settlement, Eastern Shore shall file revised Purchased Gas 
Adjustment (PGA) and Transportation Cost Adjustment (TCA) tariff 
sheets. Pursuant to the Settlement, these revised tariff sheets will be 
made effective June 1, 1994.
    Article II of the Settlement provided that Eastern Shore shall make 
cash refunds to its jurisdictional sales customers arising from the 
revised PGA methodology. Refunds shall be computed from June 1, 1994 
through June 30, 1995. Such period coincides with the end of the 
twelve-month deferral period which ends four months prior to the 
November 1, 1995 effective date of Eastern Shore's forthcoming annual 
PGA filing. Accordingly, Eastern Shore states that its Account No. 191 
demand and commodity deferral balances shall be zeroed out as of June 
30, 1995, thus eliminating the need for Eastern Shore to calculate 
surcharge rates to amortize such balances in the instant annual PGA 
    Article III provided that Eastern Shore shall file revised rate 
tariff sheets to be effective July 1, 1995. Such revised tariff sheets 
reflect a reduction of $0.9317 per dt in Eastern Shore's jurisdictional 

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contract demand sales rates. This reduction is accomplished by 
restating Eastern Shore's Base Tariff Rates to reflect an equivalent 
decrease. In addition, the restated Base Tariff Rates reflect Eastern 
Shore's cumulative PGA and TCA adjustments as filed in Docket No. TQ95-
3-23-000. Such filing, accepted by the Commission on May 22, 1995, to 
be effective May 31, 1995, was Eastern Shore's most recently approved 
filing prior to July 1, 1995.
    Eastern Shore further states it filed revised rate tariff sheets 
necessary to reflect the effect of the implementation of the Settlement 
on its various filings made subsequent to July 1, 1995. Such filings 
include (1) Docket No. TF95-5-23-000, an interim PGA approved to be 
effective July 1, 1995; (2) Docket No. TQ95-4-23-000, a quarterly PGA 
filing approved to be effective August 1, 1995; (3) Docket No. TF95-6-
23-000, an interim PGA filing approved to be effective August 1, 1995; 
and (4) Docket No. TM95-11-23-000, a tracking filing approved to be 
effective September 1, 1995.
    Eastern Shore states it is currently in the process of finalizing 
its refund calculations and intends to make such refunds at its 
earliest opportunity, but in no event later than September 15, 1995. As 
directed by the Commission, Eastern Shore will file a refund report 
within thirty days of the refund distribution. Such refund report shall 
contain all the relevant FERC Form 542-PGA schedules normally submitted 
with its annual PGA filing to fully document the Account No. 191 
Unrecovered Purchased Gas Cost and Unrecovered Transportation Cost 
balances as of June 30, 1995, calculated pursuant to Eastern Shore's 
revised PGA and TCA provisions included in Eastern Shore's August 29, 
1995 Compliance Filing.
    Eastern Shore states that copies of the filing have been served 
upon its jurisdictional sales customers and interested State 
    Any person desiring to be heard or to protest said filing should 
file a motion to intervene or protest with the Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission, 825 North Capitol Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 
20426, in accordance with Rule 211 and Rule 214 of the Commission's 
Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211 and 385.214). All such 
motions or protests should be filed on or before September 14, 1995. 
Protests will be considered by the Commission in determining the 
appropriate action to be taken, but will not serve to make protestants 
parties to the proceeding. Any person wishing to become a party must 
file to intervene. Copies of this filing are on file with the 
Commission and are available for public inspection.
Lois D. Cashell,
[FR Doc. 95-22674 Filed 9-12-95; 8:45 am]