EBF 301
Global Finance for the Earth, Energy, and Materials Industries

Lesson 8 Introduction



Over the years, many industries have been regulated by the federal government. But one by one, they became "de-regulated" over time. The banking and airline industries were once heavily regulated, as was the telephone business. In exchange for federally-approved rates of service and a set return on investment, companies were given exclusive franchises, or service territories. Today, the de-regulation of formerly regulated businesses has spurred-on competition and stimulated new products and services. The natural gas and crude oil businesses followed behind but eventually became de-regulated as well. Thechain of events leading up to that, and the current regulatory status of these industries, is presented in this lesson.

Learning Outcomes

At the successful completion of this lesson, students should be able to:

  • Understand the regulatory environment for the delivery of natural gas and crude oil, including the respective governing bodies.
    • Utility status & franchises
    • Evolution of the “spot” market
    • “Non-discriminatory access”
    • “Eminent domain”
    • Key regulations
  • Understand the regulatory requirements for posting “public” information
  • Visit a pipeline company website and research the tariff. Recognize the various services provided by pipeline companies and key “tariff” provisions: firm transportation and storage, “park & loan,” etc.
  • Calculate transport costs to deliver natural gas or crude to market
    • Demand/reservation Fees
    • Commodity Fees
    • Fuel retention
  • Be familiar with the pipeline “scheduling” process
    • Deadlines
    • Web-based nomination systems

What is due for this lesson?

This lesson will take us one week to complete. There are a number of required activities in this module. The chart below provides an overview of the activities for this lesson. For assignment details, refer to the location noted.

All assignments will be due Sunday, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Lesson Requirements
Reading Assignment: Reading Assignment Page No submission
Mini-lecture: Pipeline Regulations & Rates - Crude Oil Part I No submission
Mini-lecture: Pipeline Regulations & Rates - Natural Gas Part II No submission
Lesson Calculation Activity Lesson Activity Page Submit to Canvas
Lesson Quiz Summary and Final tasks page Submit to Canvas
Lesson Fundamental Factors (on-going) Submit to Canvas


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