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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 99-1648


Petition of Pennsylvania Gas Association for Promulgation of Policy Statement Regarding Collection of Research and Development Funds by Natural Gas Distribution Companies, Doc. No. P-00991738

[29 Pa.B. 5037]

   On August 20, 1999, the Pennsylvania Gas Association (PGA) filed a Petition for Promulgation of Policy Statement Regarding Collection of Research and Development Funds by Natural Gas Distribution Companies. By this Petition, the PGA urges the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (Commission) to adopt a policy statement which endorses the collection of funds by Pennsylvania natural gas utilities for the express purpose of assisting research and development projects through an automatic adjustment clause under section 1307(a) of the Public Utility Code. 66 Pa.C.S. § 1307(a). The PGA has attached a proposed policy statement to its Petition.

   In support of its Petition, the PGA states that surcharges to support research and development are being phased out of interstate pipeline rates as the result of a settlement approved by the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission. Substantial benefits may be realized through continued research and development, according to the PGA. It proposed that continued research and development be funded through a volumetric surcharge imposed at the State level on noncompetitive sales and transportation customers.

   Persons wishing to file answers to the PGA Petition may do so no later than 20 days after publication of notice of this filing in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Replies to the answers may be filed no later than 7 days thereafter. An original and 10 copies of each answer and reply should be filed with the Office of the Secretary, P. O. Box 3265, Harrisburg, PA 17105-3265 and one copy should be served on the contact person listed at the same address. Copies of the Petition may be obtained from the Commission's Secretary's Bureau by calling Lisa Higley at (717) 787-1013.

   The contact person is Assistant Counsel Lawrence F. Barth who may be reached at (717) 772-8579 or by electronic mail at


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 99-1648. Filed for public inspection September 24, 1999, 9:00 a.m.]

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