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Participation and Intervention before the FERC. October 2007. Outline. How Does FERC Regulate Company specific Industry wide Participation in the Process Intervention Protests Comments Recent Developments . How Does FERC Regulate?. Company Specific Decisions

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outline
Outline
  • How Does FERC Regulate
    • Company specific
    • Industry wide
  • Participation in the Process
    • Intervention
    • Protests
    • Comments
  • Recent Developments

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how does ferc regulate
How Does FERC Regulate?
  • Company Specific Decisions
    • Applications(rate increase, change in a term or condition of a contract, etc.) or complaints filed by utilities, customers, project sponsors, interested parties or state commissions
  • Industry-wide Decisions
    • Notice of Inquiry (NOI)
    • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR)
    • Final RuleorPolicy Statement

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company specific decisions
Company Specific Decisions
  • Application or complaint filed with the Commission
  • Filing is publicly noticed
  • Comments and Interventions are received and considered
  • Staff analysis and recommendation to the Commission (tight deadlines)

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Company Specific Decisions (con’t)

  • Commission options
    • Decide merits of case without further procedures
    • Hold trial-type hearing before an Administrative Law Judge
    • Hold a “paper” hearing
    • Hold a technical conference
    • Try a form of ADR
      • Mediation, Settlement Judge, DRS, Mini Trial, Other
    • Minor matters can be delegated to a staff Office Director or to the Chief Accountant for decision
  • Commission issues its order

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getting it set for hearing
Getting it set for Hearing
  • Commission may decide to set the application or the complaint for a formal “on the record” hearing.
  • Usually because it involves “contested issues of material fact” or “factually intensive disputed issues not easily decided by a paper hearing” particularlywhere the protests are intense!

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but remember
But, remember….
  • Commission must set matter for hearing
    • You have a right to be heard but not necessarily a right to an “on the record” (trial-type) hearing
    • You can ask for an “on the record” hearing
    • You should state why such a hearing is necessary - ie. need for cross examination, factually intensive issue, subpoenas required, ADR failed, etc.

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general filing requirements
General Filing Requirements
  • §385.2004 (18 CFR §385.2004) requires an original and 14 copies for:
    • Motions
    • Protests
    • Comments
    • Interventions
    • Statements of Position

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e filing
E-Filing
  • §385.2001(a) (iii) (18 CFR §385.2004) permits (encourages) e-filing of:
    • Motions
    • Protests
    • Comments
    • Interventions
    • Statements of Position
    • See FERC Order No. 619 and Rule 2003(c

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protest or intervention
Protest

Rule 208, really 211

Comments received to determine action by Commission

Not a “party”

Protest not part of the record if set for hearing

Intervention

Rule 214

If timely and not objected to, becomes a “party”

Intervenor is a party and the intervention becomes part of the record

Protest or Intervention?

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motion to intervene
Motion to Intervene
  • An entity which files a timely, unopposed motionto intervene, automatically becomes a party to the proceeding (Rule 214 c)
  • An entity which files an untimely motion to intervene must show good cause why the time limitation should be waived (Rule 214(b) 3)

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late motions to intervene rule 214 d
Late Motions to Intervene Rule 214 (d)
  • Was there good cause for failing to file within the time prescribed?
  • How disruptive to the proceeding will the grant of the late intervention be?
  • Is the movant’s interest addressed by other parties?
  • What is the prejudice to or additional burden upon the existing parties?
  • Does the motion conform to the requirements of Rule 214(b)?

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contents of a motion to intervene rule 214 b
Contents of a Motion to Intervene - Rule 214 (b)

Must state the position of the movant and the basis in law and fact for that position

Must state the movant’s interest in the proceeding

Must show movant has or represents an interest which may be directly affected by the outcome of the proceeding

Must show movant’s participation is in the public interest

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notice of intervention rule 214 a
Notice of Intervention Rule 214 (a)
  • Secretary of Energy
  • Any State Commission
  • The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Interior
  • Any state fish and wildlife, water quality certification, or water rights agency, or
  • Indian tribe with authority to issue a water quality certification

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recent developments
Recent Developments
  • In American Electric Power Services Corp., Docket No. QM07-4-000 the Commission spoke to participation by membership organizations:
    • Possible precedential effect of a Commission determination normally is not, by itself, a basis for intervention
    • Membership organizations must show they have a member affected by the determination
    • Membership organizations must raise factual and legal arguments specific to the individual proceeding

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thank you for your attention
Thank you for your attention !
  • William J. Froehlich, Esq.
          • Special Counsel, Office of Enforcement
          • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
          • 888 First Street, NE
          • Washington, DC 20426
          • (202) 208-0488 : Phone
          • (202) 208-0188 : FAX
          • william.froehlich@ferc.gov

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appendixes
Appendixes
  • Copy of 18 CFR § 385.214
  • Guide to e-filing
  • Copy of American Electric Power “Order Granting Application to Terminate Purchase Obligation” 120 FERC ¶ 61,052 (2007)
    • See paragraphs 9 through 12

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