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FERC Encourages Pipeline Overbuilding

By Sean Sullivan
Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis
April 28, 2016

Excerpt: “The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission facilitates overbuilding,” the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis said in a study released April 27. “The high rates of return on equity that FERC grants to pipeline companies (allowable rates of up to 14%), along with the lack of a comprehensive planning process for natural gas infrastructure, attracts more capital into pipeline development than is necessary.”

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