Natural Gas

ORA actively represents ratepayers in a variety of natural gas proceedings pertaining to cost allocation, natural gas infrastructure, gas procurement incentive mechanisms, and hedging natural gas costs. For information on ORA’s participation in specific natural gas cases, please view the links in the sections below.  Issues are organized by statewide and by utility. 

 

Statewide Issues 

Biogas

Biogas is the anaerobic digestion of organic waste that produces gasses that can be collected for energy use. Biogas can be sourced from dairies, wastewater treatment plants, or organic waste such as food scraps. It can currently be used for on-site power generation and will in the future be able to be injected directly into the natural gas pipeline.  The CPUC is currently implementing Assembly Bill 1900 which seeks to break market barriers for implementing Biogas in order to promote environmental and economic goals.   

 

Gas Procurement Incentive Mechanisms

Gas procurement incentive mechanisms were first implemented in the mid-1990s. These mechanisms replaced the highly litigious and time-consuming "reasonable reviews" that prevailed prior to the mid-1990s.  

 

Leak Abatement

The CPUC initiated a Rulemaking to implement Senate Bill (SB) 1371, which requires the CPUC to adopt rules and procedures to minimize natural gas leakage from the natural gas pipelines it regulates.
 

 

Natural Gas Pipeline Safety

Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plans (PSEP)

In February 2011, the CPUC opened a rulemaking to establish a new model of natural gas pipeline safety regulations in the wake of the San Bruno pipeline explosion in 2010.  Natural Gas utilities were required to submit safety implementation plans for their pipeline systems. 

General Order 112

In 2013, the CPUC initiated a process to update its General Order 112 (GO 112), which governs general gas system operations for utilities in California. 

Mobile Home Park Natural Gas and Electric Infrastructure

On February 25, 2011, in response to a petition by mobile home park owners, the CPUC opened a Rulemaking to explore issues concerning the transfer of electric and gas distribution systems in master metered mobile home parks to direct utility service.  

 

By Utility

PG&E

Gas Transmission and Storage 

Proceeding to determine PG&E revenue increases for 2015 - 2017, including Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plans. 

  • ORA's Motion for CPUC Rule 1 Violation

    ORA filed a Motion with the CPUC requesting that PG&E show cause as to why it should not be sanctioned for intentional misrepresentations of its compliance with gas safety regulations.  

 

Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plans 

California’s investor owned natural gas utilities must submit individual plans for addressing pipeline safety issues.  

 

San Bruno Investigation

The CPUC opened three investigations into the September 9, 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion that occurred in PG&E’s service territory: 1) the cause of the San Bruno explosion; 2) PG&E’s Recordkeeping practices across its pipeline system; and 3) PG&E’s treatment of pipeline safety in High Density Areas. 


 

SDG&E

2016 Triennial Cost Allocation Proceeding (TCAP)

Cost allocation proceedings for natural gas recur on a triennial  basis and address the allocation of the costs of service across customers and serve as a forum for various policy and other issues. 

  • Phase 1 the utility request to increase natural gas rates effective January 1, 2016  
  • Phase 2 the utility requests to update demand forecast and marginal unit costs, effective January 1, 2017.   

 

Pipeline 3602

SDG&E (with SoCalGas) proposes to construct a new 47-mile, 36-inch natural gas transmission pipeline in San Diego County, estimated to cost customers nearly $600 million. 

 

 

SoCalGas

2016 Triennial Cost Allocation Proceeding (TCAP)

Cost allocation proceedings for natural gas recur on a triennial  basis and address the allocation of the costs of service across customers and serve as a forum for various policy and other issues. 

  •  Phase 1 the utility request to increase natural gas rates effective January 1, 2016  
  • Phase 2 the utility requests to update demand forecast and marginal unit costs, effective January 1, 2017. 

 

Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Well Failure 

Find useful links to reports and analysis related to the Aliso Canyon / Porter Ranch natural gas leak. 

 

North-South Project

On December 20, 2013, SoCalGas and SDG&E submitted a joint Application to the CPUC requesting approval to recover costs for the North-South Project that purports to address reliability concerns on the Southern System, as well as to implement related cost allocation and rate design proposals. 

 

Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plans 

California’s investor owned natural gas utilities must submit individual plans for ad dressing pipeline safety issues.   

 

SoCalGas Gas Compression Project

In 2013 the CPUC approved SoCalGas' request to design, build, own, operate and maintain its own gas compression equipment on non-residential customer premises.