Documents & Filing Forms
Viewer Instructions and Download
The public version of the Form 6 database is available for partial or complete download to client sites and may be viewed with the Form 6 Viewer software. The Database Viewer will permit the selection, viewing and printing of any or all Form 6 submissions for 2000 through the latest filing period. The filing deadline for Form 6 Submissions is March 30 after the filing year. For example, the 2000 Form 6 data would be available after March 31, 2001. Some companies request a filing date extension which results in a delay of their data appearing in the Form 6 database.
Before downloading the Viewer Application, please print and read this page of instructions. You will save yourself a lot of time by referring to this page first, before contacting FERC with problem issues. Most problems will involve Internet communication issues which are addressed below. Of course, we make mistakes-and need to fix things on the server or with the software, so we do not mind emails, questions, and suggestions.
Downloading and Viewing the Form 6 Database
The public version of the Form 6 database is available for partial or complete download to client sites and may be viewed with the Form 6 Database Viewer. The Database Viewer will permit the selection, viewing and printing of any or all Form 6 submissions for 2000 through the last filing period.
The resulting Form 6 Database downloaded to the local client may be manipulated for specific reporting or analysis needs using Microsoft Visual Foxpro 6.0 (VFP 6.0), Microsoft Access using the supplied ODBC Driver for Visual Foxpro Databases, or commercially available reporting software such as Crystal Reports or others that support the VFP 6.0 database container structure.
Depending on your browser, you can either download the installation file, or run the installation from within your browser. In any event, the downloaded file is named Form6v.exe and can be considered the Installation Disk(s) for the Viewer Application. You must execute this file to install the Viewer Application. Follow the instructions given during the installation process. It will be easier for us to help you with problems if you use the default directory/folder names for the software. The default for the viewer is C:\F6viewer. The software should be installed on the workstation. The database is stored in C:\Form6ViewerData by default, but may be installed on or copied to a network drive for multiple user access.
Once the application is installed on the client PC, it is accessed through the Start/Programs menu and is stored in Program Group FERC Applications. There are two sub-items under this heading named Form 6 Viewer Data Download and Form 6 Data Viewer. You must first use the Download application to obtain the database. Within the download application, you should select the companies you are interested in and the filing year. (You select multiple companies by highlighting them on the displayed list. To highlight multiple companies, use the standard Windows selection technique of ctrl key/left mouse click.) You have the option of selecting all respondents (Form 6 Filers) for a particular filing year.
The download process may take a few minutes, depending on your connection speed and the number of companies requested. When requesting one or more companies, the server extracts the requested companies from our database and creates a small database with just the requested companies. This database is compressed, sent via Internet to your PC, and decompressed. All this takes some time. So, give it a few minutes before you think something is wrong.
The more companies you select, the longer it will take to get the data. If you want many companies, it may be quicker to download the entire database instead of selecting individual companies.
When you use the Viewer, click on Company Selected to obtain a list of companies download to your PC. Then, select the company you wish to view.
The downloaded information is cumulative. When you download a new selection, it is added to the previously downloaded data.
You should not experience much trouble downloading and installing the Viewer application on your workstation. However, the component of the viewer that downloads the database may not work properly with your workstation or network configuration depending on your local computer/network usage policies.
Download Problems-Potential Solutions
The Form 6 Viewer Data Download uses HTTP (to get the list of companies) and FTP Receive (to download the selected database data) and notify you of availability of updated Viewer software. These common Internet Communication Protocols may be blocked by your Internet Firewall for security reasons. This will require intervention by your computer or network support personnel. To assist in diagnosing this problem, we make available an Internet Communications Test Application - which you can download and run on your workstation just as you did the Form 6 Viewer. Please see a description of this application below under Forms Communications Test Application. Note that your workstation only needs to pass the HTTP send/receive and FTP Receive tests. FTP Send is not necessary for proper operation of the Form 6 Viewer. The software creates a Log File of activity and error messages. The log file is created in the C:\F6Viewer folder and is named F6View.log. You or your IT Support staff may review this log if you are experiencing problems. You can read it with WordPad. Be sure to attach the F6View.log to any emails you send to FERC requesting assistance.
The easiest and most effective solution to Firewall access issues is to ask your Firewall Administrator to install a rule in the Firewall permitting HTTP Send/Receive and FTP Receive from IP 188.8.131.52. This presents a minimal or non-existent security risk since all communication requests are issued by the Client (your workstation). The FERC Forms Server does not "push" unsolicited information to your workstation.
Problem Reporting and Assistance
If you have any problems with downloading or using the viewer application, please send an email describing the problem to FERC Online Support. In order to help in diagnosing a problem, please attach the file F6view.log to your email. The Viewer Application writes little notes on how it is feeling about life on your PC to this log file. If you don't attach it, we will send you a reply email asking for it. So, it just saves time for all of us if you do it first off. This file is found in the c:\F6viewer folder. If you see two files called F6view, and can't determine which is the log file, attach and forward the smaller of the two files.