BILL NO. 33
1st Session, 63rd General Assembly
66 Elizabeth II, 2017
Gas Distribution Act
The Honourable Geoff MacLellan
Minister of Energy
First Reading: October 10, 2017
Second Reading: October 12, 2017
Third Reading: October 20, 2017 (WITH COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS) (LINK TO BILL AS PASSED)
This Bill amends the Gas Distribution Act to allow a holder of a franchise who has also been issued a licence to apply to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board for the recovery of costs for the upstream transportation of gas in its rates, tolls and charges for the delivery of gas.
An Act to Amend Chapter 4
of the Acts of 1997,
the Gas Distribution Act
Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:
1 Chapter 4 of the Acts of 1997, the Gas Distribution Act, is amended by adding immediately after Section 29 the following Section:
30 (1) In this Section, "upstream transportation of gas" means the transportation of gas to be ultimately supplied to a gas delivery system before the gas enters the gas delivery system.
(2) A franchise holder who has been issued a licence may apply to the Board to enter into a contract for the upstream transportation of gas to the holder's gas delivery system.
(3) Where an application is made pursuant to subsection (2), the Board shall, subject to such terms and conditions it considers appropriate, approve the application if
(a) the proposed contract is for a term longer than two years; and
(b) the Board determines that entering into the contract is prudent and in the public interest.
(4) Where an application is approved under subsection (3), the franchise holder is entitled to recover its costs incurred under the contract in the rates, tolls and charges approved or fixed by the Board under subsection 22(1).
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