1. Basis of Presentation
These condensed consolidated financial statements of TransCanada Corporation (TransCanada or the Company) have been prepared by management in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (U.S. GAAP). The accounting policies applied are consistent with those outlined in TransCanada's annual audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2012. Capitalized and abbreviated terms that are used but not otherwise defined herein are identified in TransCanada's 2012 Annual Report.
These condensed consolidated financial statements reflect adjustments, all of which are normal recurring adjustments that are, in the opinion of management, necessary to reflect the financial position and results of operations for the respective periods. These condensed consolidated financial statements do not include all disclosures required in the annual financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the 2012 audited Consolidated Financial Statements included in TransCanada's 2012 Annual Report. Certain comparative figures have been reclassified to conform with the current period's presentation.
Earnings for interim periods may not be indicative of results for the fiscal year in the Company's Natural Gas Pipeline segment due to the timing of regulatory decisions and seasonal fluctuations in short-term throughput volumes on U.S. pipelines. Earnings for interim periods may also not be indicative of results for the fiscal year in the Company's Energy segment due to the impact of seasonal weather conditions on customer demand and market pricing in certain of the Company's investments in electrical power generation plants and non-regulated gas storage facilities.
USE OF ESTIMATES AND JUDGEMENTS
In preparing these financial statements, TransCanada is required to make estimates and assumptions that affect both the amount and timing of recording assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses since the determination of these items may be dependent on future events. The Company uses the most current information available and exercises careful judgement in making these estimates and assumptions. In the opinion of management, these condensed consolidated financial statements have been properly prepared within reasonable limits of materiality and within the framework of the Company's significant accounting policies included in the consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2012, except as described in Note 2, Changes in accounting policies.
2. Changes in Accounting Policies
CHANGES IN ACCOUNTING POLICIES FOR 2013
Balance Sheet Offsetting/Netting
Effective January 1, 2013, the Company adopted the Accounting Standards Update (ASU) on disclosures about balance sheet offsetting as issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to enable understanding of the effects of netting arrangements on the Company's financial position. Adoption of the ASU has resulted in increased qualitative and quantitative disclosures regarding certain derivative instruments that are either offset in accordance with current U.S. GAAP or are subject to a master netting arrangement or similar agreement.
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income
Effective January 1, 2013, the Company adopted the ASU on reporting of amounts reclassified out of accumulated other comprehensive income (AOCI) as issued by the FASB. Adoption of the ASU has resulted in providing additional qualitative and quantitative disclosures regarding significant amounts reclassified out of accumulated other comprehensive income into net income.
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