Texas, February 2021

Public hearings on last year’s gas spike on Thursday, March 3, 1p and 6p. SHOW UP!

Send written comments by 4:30 on March 3:

Here’s what I filed today — this is gas, and not my area of expertise (NO COMMENTS, lil’ bro!), so I oh-so-strongly support the Attorney General’s Office — Residential Utilities Division’s earlier comments:

Oh, yeah, it’s a gas! A year ago, the Texas natural gas infrastructure froze up, there were massive gas production shortages coupled with sharply increased demand due to extremely cold temperatures. Result? Impacts way up here in Minnesota – here’s the electric situation:

The Public Utilities Commission started an investigation, but started off on the wrong foot, with a presumption that the increased costs should be shoved over to ratepayers. WHAT?!?! A general docket for investigation of the natural gas mess, G-999/CI-21-135, and four others for the gas utilities, G-008/M-21-138 (CenterPoint Energy); G-004/M-21-235 (Great Plains Natural Gas); G-002/CI-21-610 (Northern States Power Company – our gas here in RW, also St. Paul and other spots around MN); G-011/CI-21-611 (Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation).

The crucial document to read in this is the Office of Attorney General – Residential Utilities Division, which emphatically and in great detail explained why the gas companies’ shareholders should shoulder the cost:

Again, here’s their full comment, READ THIS, it’s very well done:

(I’m hoping that now that Ian Dobson has defected to Xcel Energy that this won’t go the same way as the SDNY investigation of “he-who-shall-not-be-named” and oh so strongly hope that A.G. Ellison is supporting OAG-RUD pushing to hold these gas utilities accountable.)

Anyway, hearings are Thursday, and the comment period, initially through Feb. 25, has been extended to March 3 — there’s nothing about that in the notices, but I do have it in writing in an email:

Prior Legalectric posts on this:

Texas — it’s a gas — natural gas… DOH! February 17th, 2021

It’s still a GAS! February 28th, 2021

AG’s Office tells gas utilities where to go! July 6th, 2021

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