Centerpoint Energy - Mississippi River

Third Revised Volume No. 1

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Effective Date: 12/01/2002, Docket: RP03- 51-000, Status: Effective

Third Revised Sheet No. 232 Third Revised Sheet No. 232 : Effective

Superseding: Substitute Second Revised Sheet No. 232






21.1 Purpose


(a) Section 3401(a)(1) of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act

of 1986 (Budget Act) requires the Commission to assess and collect fees

and annual charges in each fiscal year in amounts equal to the costs

incurred by the Commission in each fiscal year. Pursuant to Commission

Order Nos. 472, 472-A, and 472-B (codified in Part 382 of the

Commission's Regulations), MRT must remit to the Commission on or before

August 31 of every year an allocated portion of the costs incurred by

the Commission in the previous fiscal year. Such costs are determined

by the Commission as a result of audit and are to be net of any other

fees or charges collected during the fiscal year. MRT is allocated a

portion of the Commission's net costs based on the total of MRT's

reported transportation quantities compared to the total transportation

quantities of all eligible reporting natural gas pipelines. All amounts

assessed pursuant to Part 382 of the Commission's Regulations will be

recorded in Account 928. MRT intends to recover such costs under these

tariff provisions and not in an NGA Section 4 rate filing.


(b) For the purpose of recovering MRT's allocated portion of the

Commission's costs, this section establishes a per unit Annual Charge

Adjustment (ACA) Surcharge to be applicable to MRT's rate schedules as

set forth on Sheet No. 11 of this tariff.


21.2 Basis of the Annual Charge Adjustment Surcharge


The ACA Surcharge shall be the unit rate as specified and approved

by the Commission for use by MRT in recovering such costs and shall be

reflected on Sheet No. 11 of this tariff.


21.3 Filing Procedure


The notice period of filings pursuant to this subsection shall be

at least thirty (30) days prior to the proposed effective