- 2 -therefore, the Commission should accept it.
In the July 16 Answer, Texas Gas contends that there will be “sufficient availablecapacity to meet anticipated demands post-abandonment.”
Texas Gas bases this conclusion onthe fact that no shipper purchased capacity during an Open Season held prior to the submissionof the abandonment application. Texas Gas further suggests that, because AEP did not participate in the Open Season, AEP is “essentially arguing” that the Commission should requireTexas Gas to retain unutilized capacity on an interruptible basis.
Texas Gas misconstruesAEP’s position in this regard.AEP notes that, because it has been going through a Public Utilities Commission of Ohio-ordered corporate separation with respect to its operations in Ohio, which includes acontract with Ohio Power Company for the purchase of power generated by the LawrenceburgPlant, AEP was not in a position to commit to firm capacity during the Open Season and will not be in that position until corporate separation is finalized. However, that does not mean that AEPis insisting on interruptible capacity being made available indefinitely. AEP’s real concern is thetotal remaining available capacity from the segment of pipeline from Slaughters, Kentucky toLebanon, Ohio projected as a result of the proposed abandonment, beginning in December of
Transmission Highline, LLC
, 122 FERC ¶ 61,188 at P 23 (2008) (accepted answer because assisted indecision-making process);
Southern California Edison Co
., 122 FERC ¶ 61,187 at P 19 (2008) (answer assists in decision-making process);
S. Natural Gas Co.,
121 FERC ¶ 61,118, at P 5 (2007) (answer to protest accepted because it assisted the Commission in understanding the issues and ensured a completerecord);
N.Y. Indep. Sys. Operator, Inc.,
121 FERC ¶ 61,112 at P 4 (2007) (answer to protest accepted because it provided information that assisted the Commission in its decision-making process);
PJM Interconnection, L.L.C.,
116 FERC ¶ 61,179 at P 9 (2006);
Delmarva Power & Light Co.
, 93 FERC ¶61,098 at P 11 (2000) (allowing answers to insure a complete and accurate record).
July 16 Answer at 3.
July 16 Answer at 4.