UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

OFFICE OF FOSSIL ENERGY








ROCHESTER GAS AND ELECTRIC CORPORATION

FE DOCKET NO. 98-70-NG







ORDER GRANTING BLANKET AUTHORIZATION TO

IMPORT NATURAL GAS

FROM CANADA










DOE/FE ORDER NO. 1422








OCTOBER 22, 1998




I. DESCRIPTION OF REQUEST

On September 25, 1998, Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation (RG&E) filed an application with the Office of Fossil Energy of the Department of Energy (DOE), under section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA),(1) and DOE Delegation Order Nos. 0204-111 and 0204-127, for blanket authorization to import up to 20 Bcf of natural gas from Canada over a period of two years commencing December 1, 1998, through November 30, 2000.(2) RG&E is a New York corporation with its principal office in the City of Rochester, New York. RG&E will import the gas under short-term and spot market conditions. The requested authorization does not involve the construction of new pipeline facilities.

II. FINDING

The application filed by RG&E has been evaluated to determine if the proposed import arrangement meets the public interest requirement of section 3 of the NGA, as amended by section 201 of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (Pub. L. 102-486).

Under section 3(c), the import of natural gas from a nation with which there is in effect a free trade agreement requiring national treatment for trade in natural gas is deemed to be consistent with the public interest and must be granted without modification or delay. The authorization sought by RG&E to import natural gas from Canada, a nation with which a free trade agreement is in effect, meets the section 3(c) criterion and, therefore, is consistent with the public interest. This blanket order authorizes transactions under contracts with terms of no longer than two years.

ORDER

Pursuant to section 3 of the Natural Gas Act, it is ordered that:

A. Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation (RG&E) is authorized to import up to 20 Bcf of natural gas from Canada over a period of two years commencing December 1, 1998, through November 30, 2000. This natural gas may be imported at any point on the international border between the United States and Canada.

B. With respect to the natural gas imports authorized by this Order, RG&E shall file with the Office of Natural Gas & Petroleum Import and Export Activities, within 30 days following each calendar quarter, quarterly reports indicating whether imports of natural gas have been made. Quarterly reports must be filed whether or not initial deliveries have begun. If no imports of natural gas have been made, a report of "no activity" for that calendar quarter must be filed. If imports have occurred, RG&E must report total monthly volumes in Mcf and the average purchase price of gas per MMBtu at the international border. The reports shall also provide the details of each import transaction, including: (1) the name of the seller(s); (2) the name of the purchaser(s); (3) the estimated or actual duration of the agreement(s); (4) the name of the United States transporter(s); (5) the point(s) of entry; (6) the geographic market(s) served (by state); (7) whether sales are being made on an interruptible or firm basis; and, if applicable, (8) the per unit (MMBtu) demand/commodity/reservation charge breakdown of the contract price.

C. The reporting requirements required by Ordering Paragraph B of this Order shall be filed with the Office of Natural Gas & Petroleum Import and Export Activities, Fossil Energy, Room 3E-042, FE-34, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, S. W., Washington, D. C. 20585.

D . The first quarterly report required by Ordering Paragraph B of this Order is due not later than January 30, 1999, and should cover the period from the December 1, 1998, through the end of the fourth calendar quarter, December 31, 1998.

Issued in Washington, D.C., on October 22, 1998.







_________________________________

John W. Glynn

Manager, Natural Gas Regulation

Office of Natural Gas & Petroleum

Import & Export Activities

Office of Fossil Energy

1. 1/ 15 U.S.C. § 717b.

2. 2/ RG&E's blanket import authorization granted by DOE/FE Order No. 1221 dated November 29, 1996, (1 FE ¶ 71,335) expires on November 30, 1998.