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e-CFR Data is current as of April 22, 2014

Title 18: Conservation of Power and Water Resources


PART 342—OIL PIPELINE RATE METHODOLOGIES AND PROCEDURES


Contents
§342.0   Applicability.
§342.1   General rule.
§342.2   Establishing initial rates.
§342.3   Indexing.
§342.4   Other rate changing methodologies.

Authority: 5 U.S.C. 571-83; 42 U.S.C. 7101-7532; 49 U.S.C. 60502; 49 App. U.S.C. 1-85.

Source: Order 561, 58 FR 58779, Nov. 4, 1993, unless otherwise noted.

§342.0   Applicability.

(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, rate changes by oil pipelines shall be governed by this part.

(b) Exception for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. This part shall not apply to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline authorized by the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act (43 U.S.C. 1651, et seq.) or to any pipeline delivering oil directly or indirectly to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

§342.1   General rule.

Each carrier subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission under the Interstate Commerce Act:

(a) Must establish its initial rates subject to such Act pursuant to §342.2; and

(b) Must make any change in existing rates pursuant to §342.3 or §342.4, whichever is applicable, unless directed otherwise by the Commission.

§342.2   Establishing initial rates.

A carrier must justify an initial rate for new service by:

(a) Filing cost, revenue, and throughput data supporting such rate as required by part 346 of this chapter; or

(b) Filing a sworn affidavit that the rate is agreed to by at least one non-affiliated person who intends to use the service in question, provided that if a protest to the initial rate is filed, the carrier must comply with paragraph (a) of this section.

[Order 561, 58 FR 58779, Nov. 4, 1993, as amended at 59 FR 59146, Nov. 16, 1994]

§342.3   Indexing.

(a) Rate changes. A rate charged by a carrier may be changed, at any time, to a level which does not exceed the ceiling level established by paragraph (d) of this section, upon compliance with the applicable filing and notice requirements and with paragraph (b) of this section. A filing under this section proposing to change a rate that is under investigation and subject to refund, must take effect subject to refund.

(b) Information required to be filed with rate changes. The carrier must comply with Part 341 of this title. Carriers must specify in their letters of transmittal required in §341.2(c) of this chapter the rate schedule to be changed, the proposed new rate, the prior rate, the prior ceiling level, and the applicable ceiling level for the movement. No other rate information is required to accompany the proposed rate change.

(c) Index year. The index year is the period from July 1 to June 30.

(d) Derivation of the ceiling level. (1) A carrier must compute the ceiling level for each index year by multiplying the previous index year's ceiling level by the most recent index published by the Commission. The index will be published by the Commission prior to June 1 of each year.

(2) The index published by the Commission will be based on the change in the final Producer Price Index for Finished Goods (PPI-FG), seasonally adjusted, as published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, for the two calendar years immediately preceding the index year. The index will be calculated by dividing the PPI-FG for the calendar year immediately preceding the index year, by the previous calendar year's PPI-FG.

(3) A carrier must compute the ceiling level each index year without regard to the actual rates filed pursuant to this section. All carriers must round their ceiling levels each index year to the nearest hundredth of a cent.

(4) For purposes of computing the ceiling level for the period January 1, 1995 through June 30, 1995, a carrier must use the rate in effect on December 31, 1994 as the previous index year's ceiling level in the computation in paragraph (d)(1) of this section. If the rate in effect on December 31, 1994 is subsequently lowered by Commission order pursuant to the Interstate Commerce Act, the ceiling level based on such rate must be recomputed, in accordance with paragraph (d)(1) of this section, using the rate established by such Commission order in lieu of the rate in effect on December 31, 1994.

(5) When an initial rate, or rate changed by a method other than indexing, takes effect during the index year, such rate will constitute the applicable ceiling level for that index year. If such rate is subsequently lowered by Commission order pursuant to the Interstate Commerce Act, the ceiling level based on such rate must be recomputed, in accordance with paragraph (d)(1) of this section, using the rate established by such Commission order as the ceiling level for the index year which includes the effective date of the rate established by such Commission order.

(e) Rate decreases. If the ceiling level computed pursuant to §342.3(d) is below the filed rate of a carrier, that rate must be reduced to bring it into compliance with the new ceiling level; provided, however, that a carrier is not required to reduce a rate below the level deemed just and reasonable under section 1803(a) of the Energy Policy Act of 1992, if such section applies to such rate or to any prior rate. The rate decrease must be accomplished by filing a revised tariff publication with the Commission to be effective July 1 of the index year to which the reduced ceiling level applies.

[Order 561, 58 FR 58779, Nov. 4, 1993, as amended by Order 561-A, 59 FR 40256, Aug. 8, 1994; 59 FR 59146, Nov. 16, 1994; Order 606, 64 FR 44405, Aug. 16, 1999; Order 650, 69 FR 53801, Sept. 3, 2004]

§342.4   Other rate changing methodologies.

(a) Cost-of-service rates. A carrier may change a rate pursuant to this section if it shows that there is a substantial divergence between the actual costs experienced by the carrier and the rate resulting from application of the index such that the rate at the ceiling level would preclude the carrier from being able to charge a just and reasonable rate within the meaning of the Interstate Commerce Act. A carrier must substantiate the costs incurred by filing the data required by part 346 of this chapter. A carrier that makes such a showing may change the rate in question, based upon the cost of providing the service covered by the rate, without regard to the applicable ceiling level under §342.3.

(b) Market-based rates. A carrier may attempt to show that it lacks significant market power in the market in which it proposes to charge market-based rates. Until the carrier establishes that it lacks market power, these rates will be subject to the applicable ceiling level under §342.3.

(c) Settlement rates. A carrier may change a rate without regard to the ceiling level under §342.3 if the proposed change has been agreed to, in writing, by each person who, on the day of the filing of the proposed rate change, is using the service covered by the rate. A filing pursuant to this section must contain a verified statement by the carrier that the proposed rate change has been agreed to by all current shippers.

[Order 561, 58 FR 58779, Nov. 4, 1993, as amended at 59 FR 59146, Nov. 16, 1994]



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