Charlotte Energy Members Jim Jeffries and Brian Heslin will instruct the EUCI Natural Gas Utility Basics Course on March 7-8 in Houston, TX. The dynamics of the energy industry are rapidly changing through an uptick in consolidation via M&A activity and increasing interdependency of the gas and electric industries. This course is ideal for individuals desiring to gain an understanding of developments in the natural gas industry and the role and regulation of natural gas Local Distribution Companies (LDC’s), including, but not limited to: LDC employees involved in regulatory affairs, legal, compliance, scheduling, gas supply and transportation; electric industry employees seeking to familiarize themselves with natural gas and/or deepen their understanding of the industry; and individuals serving LDCs within the regulatory context, such as lawyers, consultants, and natural gas marketers.
The course will provide a clear view of the regulatory context within which natural gas LDC’s operate, focusing on state and federal jurisdiction as well as relevant statutes, regulations, policies and rules. The training will include an overview of the domestic natural gas industry, gas production, transportation and storage. In addition, the course will address current trends within the industry, including exploration of pipeline integrity, compliance and regulatory enforcement, as well as gas/electric coordination, changing domestic gas flow and potential limitations on natural gas transportation capacity into the future. The course also will delve into state rate making, exploring various nuances of the rate making framework and rate making adjustment and recovery mechanisms.