We guide clients through the challenges of commodity markets, regulatory frameworks, industry restructuring, disputes, and regulatory litigation.

A natural gas and oil pipeline company operates in a complex and multi-faceted regulatory environment. Market and regulatory uncertainties complicate business decision, adding risks. We understand the businesses we support, and that your business is complicated, so as we devise strategies for once aspect of your business with an awareness that there may be consequence on other lines of business.

Our clients rely on our experience to develop the strategy and manage the challenges of commodity markets, regulatory framework, industry restructuring, disputes, and regulatory litigation. We advise clients with critical insights and expert support at crucial times on a wide range of matters. Our comprehensive regulatory strategies provide the necessary guidance to secure the desired commercial, regulatory and financial outcomes.

Our Strategic Solutions for Pipelines Include:

Experience in Pre-filing strategy & planning; Case planning & management; Design of new cost recovery mechanisms; New service analysis & development Rate case preparation & filing; Settlement preparation & analysis; Discovery & discovery analysis; Expert Testimony & Litigation Support

Regulatory challenges & opportunities evaluations; Traffics/Rules & Regulations and contracts issues; Procedures & practices for compliance issues; Operating margin enhancement strategies; Comparative assessment of assets.

Guidance on project development, service compliance, etc.; Strategies to maximize commercial opportunities & promote financial goals; Monitor rulemakings & policy, summarize impacts, identify risk factors; Competitive analysis; Regulatory rulemaking, policy preparation & analysis

Customized compliance training; Pipeline and market compliance programs; Updates of new compliance initiatives; Enforcement proceedings support

Open season & FERC pre-filling support; Certificate application and declaratory order preparation; Cost & pricing studies; New service offerings & Pro Forma tariff / Rules & Regulations support; Post filling process expertise; Process & document management; Market analysis.

Featured Capabilities

Our projects engagements leverage specific experience across multiple jurisdictions and clients, and leverage complimentary capabilities:

Earnings Enhancement

Support designed to maximize revenue and earnings through asset optimization, rate case management, service enhancement or other means.

Regulatory Due Diligence

Providing buy-side and sell-side regulatory due diligence during M&A transactions for assets and preparation of filings and support for regulatory agencies.

Generic Rule makings, Collaboratives, & Policy Initiatives

Provide strategic support and analysis, serving as our client’s expert during the regulatory proceedings to ensure robust outcomes.

Compliance Support

Providing advisory, consulting and training support for stakeholder to ensure compliance with all pertinent regulatory requirements.

Project Support

Providing strategic and advisory for stakeholder, including support for preparation of filings with regulatory bodies for Greenfield or expansion projects.

Earnings Enhancement

Support designed to maximize revenue and earnings through asset optimization, rate case management, service enhancement or other means.

Regulatory Due Diligence

Providing buy-side and sell-side regulatory due diligence during M&A transactions for assets and preparation of filings and support for regulatory agencies.

Generic Rule makings, Collaboratives, & Policy Initiatives

Provide strategic support and analysis, serving as our client’s expert during the regulatory proceedings to ensure robust outcomes.

Compliance Support

Providing advisory, consulting and training support for stakeholder to ensure compliance with all pertinent regulatory requirements.

Project Support

Providing strategic and advisory for stakeholder, including support for preparation of filings with regulatory bodies for Greenfield or expansion projects.

Example of Our Work

  • Natural Gas Pipeline Acquisition Support

    Confidential Client | 2020

    The client required a strategic analysis of the regulatory requirements and potential risks associated with the acquisition of an interstate natural gas pipeline from a production company. The project included a detailed report outlining the steps required for the seller to abandon and the purchaser to acquire and operate the pipeline. The report also highlighted regulatory and non-regulatory strategic issues that impact a regulated entity for the client’s consideration.

  • Natural Gas Pipeline Rate Case Intervenor Support

    EQT Energy; Tenaska Marketing Ventures: AOS Energy Partners | 2019

    Retained as expert witness and to provide cost of service, cost allocation and rate design analysis for a natural gas producer, a natural gas marketer, and an electric power generator. Provided affidavit focusing on a) rolled-in pricing and b) the unsupported nature of the shared service expenses proposed by the pipeline, on behalf of one client in opposition to the proposed rate case settlement.

  • Peer Group, Rate Case, and Regulatory Analysis

    Confidential Client | 2012 - 2013

    On behalf of a major oil producer, Mr. Porter led a team that was engaged to provide a second opinion and review rate case options for an oil pipeline. The team evaluated the operations and financial performance of the pipeline compared to a peer group and developed studies supporting revenue enhancement strategies and rate case filings before federal and state regulatory agencies. The engagement produced a negotiated settlement with the shippers that significantly increased cash flow and operating margins.

  • Accounting, Ratemaking, & Compliance Training

    Confidential Client | 2017

    On behalf of a midstream entity, the engagement included developing and implementing a series of training sessions for accounting staff to promote compliance with regulatory accounting rules and regulations and to increase sensitivity to impacts of accurate accounting records on pipeline earnings. The engagement included preparation of outlines for training programs, preparation of training materials, presentations and training of accounting staff and coordination of effort with compliance team and CFO.

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