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By - Jon Brown

FERC Natural Gas 101
February 25-26, 2019 | New Orleans, LA

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FERC Natural Gas 101 provides a comprehensive overview of the agency’s impact on the natural gas and LNG industries. This day and a half course is for those seeking a basic knowledge of FERC’s natural gas and LNG policies and regulations, those desiring a look at the setting of transportation and storage rates, those wanting a refresher course, and those who want to learn about the current hot topics at the agency.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss fundamentals of natural gas regulation
  • Review jurisdictional reach of and limits on FERC’s power
  • Explain how FERC’s exercise of that power affects the regulated entities that it oversees
  • Evaluate FERC policies and decisions on issues such as capacity management, secondary markets, and certification of projects; ratemaking, including developing cost-of- service rates and market-based rates; storage; standards of conduct and enforcement; LNG; as well as other timely issues
  • Identify future challenges



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.1 CEUs for the course and 0.4 CEUs for the workshop.


Requirements for a Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

This program will use PowerPoint presentations and group discussions, as well as active participation.


Monday, February 25, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


FERC from a Historical Perspective – Evolution of an Agency

  • Growth and increased oversight
  • Current organization and divisional responsibilities
  • Prospective changes

FERC Jurisdiction and Regulatory Overview – How FERC Regulates the Natural Gas Industry

  • FERC responsibilities and oversight – what does FERC regulate
  • Interstate facilities- pipelines and storage
  • Production?
  • Different docket classifications
  • Interactions with other federal agencies and state regulators
  • Current FERC objectives (LNG)
  • Enforcement and brief overview of compliance

Major Orders and Regulations Impacting the Natural Gas Industry

  • Key terms
  • Regulatory initiatives
  • Open access
  • Recent major orders
  • Regulatory trends for the future

Pipeline Tariffs – How FERC Regulates Interstate Pipelines and Storage

  • Purpose
  • Structure and components
  • Rate design

Capacity Transactions- How Gas Flows and is Regulated by FERC

  • Capacity- what is it?
  • Market transparency
  • Capacity releases – primary regulations and posting and bidding requirements;
  • Secondary market transactions and oversight – shipper must have title; prohibition on buy/sell arrangements; anti-tying policy; flipping
  • Asset management agreements

FERC Enforcement – Increased Oversight and Penalties

  • Jurisdiction over natural gas activities
  • Penalties authority/penalty guidelines
  • FERC enforcement’s current areas of focus
  • Market manipulation
  • Trends and overview of recent investigations and penalties
  • Compliance

The Impact of Natural Gas/Electric Coordination

  • FERC’s role
  • Impact of fracking production
  • Regional supply and flow changes
  • Increased reliance of power generation on natural gas

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing


FERC Ratemaking Authorities

  • Section 7 of the Natural Gas Act
  • Section 5 of the Natural Gas Act (Burden of Proof-Remedies)
  • Section 4 of the Natural Gas Act (Burden of Proof-Mechanics)

FERC Pipeline Rates-The Procedure

  • Filing
  • Participants
  • Settlements
  • Litigation

FERC “Just & Reasonable” Rates  – Cost of Service

  • Base period, adjustment period, test period
  • Operating expenses
  • Administrative & general expenses
  • Rate base
  • Return on Investment

FERC “Just & Reasonable” Rates  –  Allocation & Rate Design

  • Transportation, storage, incremental facilities
  • Allocation factors
  • Billing determinants
  • Firm vs. interruptible rates
  • Discounted and negotiated rates
  • FERC pipeline rate walkthrough (example and sample problem) 


FERC Project Filing Workshop

Tuesday, February 26, 2019


FERC Projects Filing Workshop provides a comprehensive analysis of the agency’s filings process for the natural gas and LNG industries’ new pipelines. This half-day workshop is for those seeking a deep dive regarding the FERC process for reviewing and approving pipeline project application.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the basics of what information FERC needs in an application
  • Review jurisdictional reach of and limits on FERC’s authority over siting of pipelines
  • Explain how FERC’s exercise of that power affects the regulated entities that it oversees
  • Consider how long the review process takes and the challenges that arise that could extend the time for that review; consider issues that arise with respect to permits other than FERC approval that are needed to move a project forward; Learn practical advice about setting up a process for filing the application and seeing it through to approval
  • Identify future challenges

Workshop Agenda

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Workshop Registration

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. :: FERC Siting Authority

  • Section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act
  • Blanket Authority

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. :: FERC Project Applications: Pre-Filing

  • Participants
  • Timelines

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. :: FERC Project Applications

  • Content
  • Timing
  • Review Process
  • Opposition

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: FERC Approval

  • Requirement Review
  • Process
  • Timing
  • Getting Started
  • Risk Analysis



Kenneth Sosnick, Senior Project Manager, Concentric Energy Advisors, Inc.

Kenneth A. Sosnick is a Senior Project Manager at Concentric Energy Advisors, Inc.  He has over 10 years of experience with natural gas, electric and oil industry matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  During Mr. Sosnick’s 10 years at FERC, he spent two years (2003-2004) as an auditor in the Office of Enforcement and eight years (2005-2013) in the Office of Administrative Litigation as an expert witness and one of the lead technical staff negotiators in more than 15 major interstate natural gas pipeline, oil pipeline, and electric utility proceedings. 

While in the Office of Administrative Litigation, Mr. Sosnick applied his expertise to a variety of complex issues relating to utility ratemaking. He has concentrated on natural gas pipeline and oil/product pipeline cost of service rates, levelized rates, incremental vs. rolled-in project costs, allocation of corporate overhead costs, master-limited partnership income taxes, throughput/system rate design quantities, cost allocation and rate design, fuel recovery mechanisms, extraordinary events surcharge trackers, NGA Section 5 rate proceedings, depreciation rate calculations, Return on Equity calculations under Discounted Cash Flow methodology as well as electric formula rates and Order No. 1000 cost allocations.

After leaving FERC in 2013, Mr. Sosnick joined MRW & Associates LLC as a Senior Project Manager.  As a consultant, Mr. Sosnick constructed cost of service models and evaluated cost allocation and rate design proposals in natural gas pipeline proceedings.  Mr. Sosnick has specifically worked on developing the cost of service model and/or rate design model for Southern Star Central Pipeline, El Paso Natural Gas Company, Transcontinental Pipeline, Sea Robin Pipeline, Portland Natural Gas Transmission System, Inc., Florida Gas Transmission, Northern Natural Gas Company, Kinder Morgan Interstate Gas Transmission, Tennessee Gas Pipeline, Tuscarora Gas Transmission Company, and Wyoming Interstate Company.

He contributed to the multi-office taskforce for the revision of the FERC Form 2, Docket No. RM07-9-000 and served on the panel at the Open Commission meeting addressing the FERC Commissioners and any related questions.

Mr. Sosnick has previously taught at the New Mexico State University Center for Public Utilities Practical and Regulatory Training for the Natural Gas Interstate Pipeline Industry specifically addressing FERC requirements for determining “Just and Reasonable” rates.

Mr. Sosnick received his B.A. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2003.

Brian S. Heslin, Deputy General Counsel at Duke Energy Corporation

Brian Heslin is deputy general counsel for Duke Energy, one of the country’s largest electric power companies and distributors of natural gas.  Heslin manages state and federal regulatory matters for Duke Energy’s local distribution companies, power generation fuels group and midstream pipeline investments. 

Prior to joining Duke Energy, Heslin was a partner at the law firm, Moore & Van Allen PLLC (“MVA”).  At MVA, a significant portion of his practice focused on the representation of companies and public utilities in the natural gas and other regulated energy industries.  His representation included regular appearances before state public service commissions and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  Heslin also has represented companies involved in the renewable energy sector, which include solar and biogas transactions.

In addition to his experience in the energy industry, Heslin has considerable experience defending clients and corporations under investigation and indictment by state and federal authorities, conducting internal and external investigations, and representing clients in civil matters including allegations of fraud, embezzlement and other civil causes of action.  While in private practice, he leveraged his experience as a prosecutor, defense appellate attorney and civil trial attorney to provide his clients with comprehensive counsel in complex and high-exposure situations.  He has defended clients and negotiated significant outcomes with regulatory and enforcement agencies such as FERC, CFTC, U.S. Department of Justice, various state and federal prosecutors’ offices, and other federal and state agencies. 

Heslin is a prolific writer and speaker about the rapidly changing energy sector, particularly on topics including the growing interdependency between natural gas and electric power generation, hydraulic fracturing and natural gas production, natural gas transportation and flow reversals, LNG exports and other industry trends.  To see more of his past writing, please visit the MVA Energy Blog. 

Prior to his time at MVA, Heslin was a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice, defending departmental and regulatory federal agencies in various civil matters.  In addition, he served as a prosecutor and defense attorney in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. 



Hyatt Regency New Orleans

601 Loyola Ave

New Orleans, LA 70113

Reserve your room:

please call 1-504-561-1234

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of February 24 – 25, 2019

Room rate through EUCI:

$215.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to  February 3, 2019.


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