FERC Order No 636

Order 636 required significant "Restructuring" in interstate pipeline services, starting in the fall of 1993. The original Order 636:

Separates (unbundles) pipeline gas sales from transportation

Provides open access to pipeline storage

Allows for "no notice" transportation service

Requires access to upstream pipeline capacity

Uses bulletin boards to disseminate information

Provides for a "capacity release" program to temporarily sell firm transportation capacity

Pregrants a pipeline the right to abandon gas sales

Bases rates on straight fixed variable (SFV) design

Passes through 100% of transition costs in fixed monthly charges to firm transport customers

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