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Date Case Circuit Attorney
05/20/16 Emera Maine, et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 15-1139, et al. Order on ISO-NE compliance with transmission planning and cost allocation requirements of Order No. 1000 rulemaking. ISO New England, Inc., 143 FERC ¶ 61,150 (2013), order on reh’g & compl., 150 FERC ¶ 61,209 (2015).
D.C. Cir. C. Banta
05/17/16 LSP Transmission Holdings, et al. FERC pdf
No. 15-1157

Filing by Southwest Power Pool in compliance with transmission planning and cost allocation requirements of Order No. 1000; cost-effectiveness and efficiency, and consideration of state laws and rights-of-way, in the competitive bidding process. Southwest Power Pool, Inc., et al., 144 FERC ¶ 61,059 (2013), order on reh’g & compl., 149 FERC ¶ 61,048 (2014), order on reh’g & compl., 151 FERC ¶ 61,045 (2015).
D.C. Cir. H. Cafer
05/03/16 Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et al. v. FERC, et al. pdf
No. 16-cv-416 (TSC)

Motion to dismiss complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction and failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted.
D.D.C. R. Fulton
L. Luftig
04/27/16 Louisiana Pub. Serv. Comm’n v. FERC pdf
No. 14-1063

Order on remand from LPSC v. FERC, 522 F.3d 378 (D.C. Cir. 2008), concerning whether to order refunds and when to implement bandwidth remedy. Louisiana Pub. Serv. Comm’n v. Entergy Services, Inc., 137 FERC ¶ 61,047 (2011), order on reh’g, 146 FERC ¶ 61,152 (2014).
D.C. Cir. L. Perry
04/26/16 Emera Maine, et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 15-1118, et al.

Complaint challenging New England transmission owners’ return on equity, reflected in ISO New England open access transmission tariff. Martha Coakley, Mass. Attorney General, et al. v. Bangor Hydro-Electric Co., et al., Op. No. 531 and 531-A,147 FERC ¶ 61,234 (2014) and 149 FERC ¶ 61,032 (2014), order on reh'g, Op. No. 531-B, 150 FERC ¶ 61,165 (2015).
D.C. Cir. L. Perry
04/01/16 New Energy Capital Partners v. FERC pdf
No. 13-1277, et al.

Denial of late intervention, and rejection of motion to reopen record, in relicensing proceeding for Yadkin Hydroelectric Project in North Carolina. Alcoa Power Generating Inc., 144 FERC ¶ 61,218 (2013) (denying rehearing of 5/30/13 notice denying late intervention); 152 FERC ¶ 61,040 (2015) (denying rehearing of 3/3/15 notice rejecting motion to reopen record).
D.C. Cir. H. Cafer
03/14/16 El Paso Electric Co. v. FERC pdf
No. 14-60822

Filing, by members of WestConnect, in compliance with transmission planning and cost allocation requirements of Order No. 1000, requesting that regional cost allocation be categorically inapplicable to any project providing benefits to a transmission owner not enrolled in the WestConnect region – including public power utilities. Public Service Co. of Colorado, et al., 142 FERC ¶ 61,206 (2013), order on reh’g & compl., 148 FERC ¶ 61,213 (2014), order on reh’g & compl., 151 FERC ¶ 61,128 (2015).
5th Cir. R. Fulton
E. Rylander
02/25/16 EarthReports, Inc. v. FERC pdf
No. 15-1127, et al.

Order authorizing Dominion Cove Point LNG to export LNG from existing Cove Point import terminal and to construct and operate related facilities; consideration of project impacts. Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP, 148 FERC ¶ 61,244 (2014), reh’g & stay denied, 151 FERC ¶ 61,095 (2015).
D.C. Cir. K. Larson
02/12/16 Catskill Mountainkeeper, Inc., et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 16-345

Commission’s opposition to motion to stay tree clearing and construction of 125-mile greenfield pipeline.
2nd Cir. K. Larson
02/05/16 United Airlines, et al. v. FERC and USofA pdf
No. 11-1479, et al.

Opinion, after hearing and ALJ initial decision, addressing reasonableness of increased rates for shipment on SFPP’s West Line; various cost of service rate issues. SFPP, L.P., Opinion 511, 134 FERC ¶ 61,121 (2011), order on reh’g and compl., Opinion 511-A, 137 FERC ¶ 61,220 (2011), order on reh’g and compl., Opinion 511-B, 150 FERC ¶ 61,096 (2015).
D.C. Cir. L. Luftig
E. Rylander
Jan. 2016 Hughes, et al. v. PPL Energy Plus, LLC pdf
No. 14-614, et al.

Merits brief for the United States as amicus curiae regarding petitions for writ of certiorari filed by W. Kevin Hughes, et al. (in their official capacities as the then Chairman and Commissioners of the Maryland Public Service Commission) and CPV Maryland, LLC, seeking review of the Fourth Circuit’s finding that Maryland’s Generation Order is preempted by the Federal Power Act.   [Brief filed by the Solicitor General of the United States].
S. Ct. C. Banta
K. Larson
L. Luftig
R. Fulton
01/15/16 Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 13-1015

Commission response opposing motion to enforce the Court’s mandate.
D.C. Cir. K. Larson
01/15/16 El Paso Electric Co. v. FERC pdf
No. 14-60822

Filing, by members of WestConnect, in compliance with transmission planning and cost allocation requirements of Order No. 1000, requesting that regional cost allocation be categorically inapplicable to any project providing benefits to a transmission owner not enrolled in the WestConnect region – including public power utilities.  Public Service Co. of Colorado, et al., 142 FERC ¶ 61,206 (2013), order on reh’g & compl., 148 FERC ¶ 61,213 (2014), order on reh’g & compl., 151 FERC ¶ 61,128 (2015).
5th Cir. R. Fulton
E. Rylander
01/12/16 Sierra Club v. FERC pdf
No. 15-1133

Order authorizing Corpus Christi Liquefaction to site, construct, and operate LNG export and import facilities on Corpus Christi Bay, Texas, and to construct and operate related pipeline and compressor facilities. Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC, et al., 149 FERC ¶ 61,283 (2014), reh’g denied, 151 FERC ¶ 61,098 (2015).
D.C. Cir. C. Banta
Date Case Circuit Attorney
12/23/15 Public Citizen and State of Conn. v. FERC pdf
No. 14-1244, et al.

Results of ISO New England’s eighth annual Forward Capacity Auction. Notice of Filing Taking Effect by Operation of Law, ISO New England Inc., FERC Docket No. ER14-1409 (Sept. 16, 2014), and Notice of Dismissal of Pleadings, Docket No. ER14-1409 (Oct. 24, 2014).
D.C. Cir. K. Larson
12/15/15 LSP Transm. and LSP Power v. FERC pdf
No. 15-1316

Order on MISO compliance with transmission planning and cost allocation requirements of Order No. 1000 rulemaking, including competitive evaluation process. Midwest Indep. Transm. System Op., Inc., and the MISO Transm. Owners, et al., 142 FERC ¶ 61,215 (2013), order on reh’g & compl., 147 FERC ¶ 61,127 (2014), order on reh’g & compl., 147 FERC ¶ 61,127 (2014), 150 FERC ¶ 61,037 (2015).
7th Cir. B. Pacella
12/04/15 American Transm. Systems, et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 14-1085, et al.

Order on PJM compliance with transmission planning and cost allocation requirements of Order No. 1000 rulemaking; whether transmission owner right of first refusal is entitled to Mobile-Sierra presumption. PJM Interconnection, L.L.C., et al., 142 FERC ¶ 61,214 (2013), on reh’g & compl., 147 FERC ¶ 61,128 (2014).
D.C. Cir. L. Perry
12/02/15 Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. v. FERC pdf
No. 14-1281

Filing by Southwest Power Pool in compliance with transmission planning and cost allocation requirements of Order No. 1000; whether transmission owner right of first refusal is entitled to Mobile-Sierra presumption. Southwest Power Pool, Inc., et al., 144 FERC ¶ 61,059 (2013), order on reh’g & compl., 149 FERC ¶ 61,048 (2014).
D.C. Cir. R. Fulton
11/12/15 Petro Star Inc. v. FERC and USofA pdf
No. 15-1009

Investigation and hearing as to whether existing Quality Bank formula properly values Resid cut of commingled crude oil transported by the Trans Alaska Pipeline System. BP Pipelines (Alaska) Inc., et al., 149 FERC ¶ 61,149 (2014).
D.C. Cir. S. Chu
10/02/15 MISO Transmission Owners v. FERC pdf
No. 14-2153

Order 1000 compliance matter challenging Mobile-Sierra determinations regarding MISO's right of first refusal provisions. Midwest Indep. Transm. System Op., Inc.; MISO Transm. Owners, et al., 142 FERC ¶ 61,215 (2013), order on reh’g & compl., 147 FERC ¶ 61,127 (2014).
7th Cir. B. Pacella
L. Perry
09/30/15 Xcel Energy Services Inc. v. FERC pdf
No. 14-1282

Rates for transmission service by Tri-County Electric Cooperative; whether rates should be subject to refund, absent a commitment by Tri-County, an exempt public utility, to refund difference between filed rate and rate ultimately found to be just and reasonable. Southwest Power Pool, Inc., 138 FERC ¶ 61,231 (2012), order on reh’g, 142 FERC ¶ 61,135 (2013), order on reh’g & compl., 149 FERC ¶ 61,050 (2014).
D.C. Cir. L. Luftig
09/30/15 FERC v. Electric Power Supply Ass’n pdf
No. 14-840

Merits reply brief seeking Supreme Court reversal of May 23, 2014 decision of the D.C. Circuit invalidating Commission rulemaking governing participation by eligible demand response resources in organized wholesale energy markets. Demand Response Compensation in Organized Wholesale Energy Markets, Order No. 745, 134 FERC ¶ 61,187 (2011), order on reh’g, 137 FERC ¶ 61,215 (2011). [Brief filed by the Solicitor General of the United States]
Supreme Court R. Solomon
H. Cafer
09/30/15 Sierra Club v. FERC pdf
No. 14-1249

Approval of requested increase in production capacity of Liquefied Natural Gas export terminal. Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC and Sabine Pass LNG, L.P., 146 FERC ¶ 61,117 (2014), reh’g denied, 148 FERC ¶ 61,200 (2014).
D.C. Cir. K. Larson
09/21/15 Nazarian, et al. v. PPL Energy Plus, LLC pdf
No. 14-614, et al.

Brief for the United States as amicus curiae opposing four petitions for writs of certiorari for Supreme Court review. Two petitions, filed by Douglas Nazarian, et al. (in their official capacities as the then Chairman and Commissioners of the Maryland Public Service Commission) and CPV Maryland, LLC, seek review of the Fourth Circuit’s finding that Maryland’s Generation Order is preempted by the Federal Power Act. Two petitions, filed by Joseph L. Fiordaliso (in his official capacity as Commissioner of the NJ Bd. of Pub. Utilities) and CPV Power Development, Inc., seek review of the Third Circuit’s finding that the New Jersey’s Long Term Capacity Pilot Program Act is preempted by the Federal Power Act. [Brief filed by the Solicitor General of the United States].
Supreme Court R. Fulton
L. Luftig
09/17/15 Bob Keenan, et al. v. Norman C. Bay pdf
No. 15-cv-1440 (RCL)

Motion for temporary restraining order to prevent the transfer of the Kerr hydroelectric dam denied after 9/4/15 oral argument, and complaint voluntarily dismissed on 10/13/15 in response to 9/17/15 motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction (wrong court, wrong time).
D.D.C. R. Fulton
09/13/15 In Re: Clean Air Council pdf
No. 15-2940

Response to petition for mandamus and stay of FERC order granting certificate for pipeline expansion.
3rd Cir. L. Luftig
08/07/15 LSP Transmission Holdings, et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 14-2533

Order 1000 compliance matter challenging approval of Midwest ISO and certain Transmission Owners' filing to exclude baseline reliability projects from Order 1000 cost allocation requirements. Midwest Indep. Transm. System Op., Inc.; MISO Transm. Owners, et al., 142 FERC ¶ 61,215 (2013), order on reh’g & compl, 147 FERC ¶ 61,127 (2014).
7th Cir. B. Pacella
C. Banta
07/17/15 Sierra Club and Galveston Baykeeper v. FERC pdf
No. 14-1275

Order authorizing Freeport LNG to export LNG from existing Quintana Island terminal and to construct and operate related facilities; consideration of project impacts. Freeport LNG Development, et al., 148 FERC ¶ 61,076 (2014), reh’g & clar. denied, 149 FERC ¶ 61,119 (2014).
D.C. Cir. K. Larson
07/09/15 FERC v. Electric Power Supply Ass’n pdf
No. 14-840

Merits brief seeking Supreme Court reversal of May 23, 2014 decision of the D.C. Circuit invalidating Commission rulemaking governing participation by eligible demand response resources in organized wholesale energy markets. Demand Response Compensation in Organized Wholesale Energy Markets, Order No. 745, 134 FERC ¶ 61,187 (2011), order on reh’g, 137 FERC ¶ 61,215 (2011). [Brief filed by the Solicitor General of the United States]
Supreme Ct. R. Solomon
H. Cafer
07/08/15 Town of Dedham v. FERC pdf
No. 1:15-cv-12352-GAO

Motion for preliminary injunction to stop Algonquin construction denied, and motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction (wrong court, wrong time) granted, after 7/13/15 argument).
D. Mass. R. Fulton
06/10/15 EarthReports, Inc. v. FERC pdf
No. 15-1127

Commission’s opposition to emergency motion to stay construction of liquefied natural gas export facilities on 59.5 acres and clearing of an additional 190 acres for construction staging.
D.C. Cir. K. Larson
L. Luftig
05/01/15 People of the State of Cal., et al. v. FERC pdf
Nos. 13-71276, et al.

Orders: (1) on remand from Port of Seattle, Wash. v. FERC, 499 F.3d 1016 (9th Cir. 2007), establishing an evidentiary, trial-type hearing in Pacific Northwest refund proceeding before an ALJ and addressing scope of issues (including Mobile-Sierra issues) for hearing; and (2) approving settlement between Idaho Power, IDACORP, and Powerex Corp., on the condition that settling parties remove settlement provisions precluding potential ripple claims by third-parties. Puget Sound Energy, Inc. v. All Jurisdictional Sellers of Energy and/or Capacity at Wholesale into Electric Energy and/or Capacity Markets in the Pacific Northwest, 137 FERC ¶ 61,001 (2011), order on reh’g, 143 FERC ¶ 61,020 (2013); 146 FERC ¶ 61,123 (2014), reh’g denied, 147 FERC ¶ 61,223 (2014).
9th Cir. L. Perry
S. Chu
04/20/15 W. Minn. Municipal Power Agency v. FERC pdf
No. 14-1153

Competing applications for preliminary permit to study Saylorville Dam Project in Polk County, Iowa; whether municipal preference should be limited to development of water resources located in the vicinity of the municipality. FFP Qualified Hydro 14, LLC; W. Minn. Mun. Power Agency, 145 FERC ¶ 61,255 (2013), reh’g denied, 147 FERC ¶ 61,233 (2014).
D.C. Cir. H. Cafer
04/15/15 TransCanada Power Mrktg. et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 14-1103, et al.

Revision to tariff to aid ISO in maintaining winter reliability, by procuring supplemental oil-fired, dual-fired, and demand response resources; bid selection process results. ISO New England, Inc., 144 FERC ¶ 61,204 (2013), reh’g denied, 147 FERC ¶ 61,026 (2014); 145 FERC ¶ 61,023 (2013), reh’g denied, 147 FERC ¶ 61,027 (2014).
D.C. Cir. C. Banta
04/08/15 Pioneer Trail Wind Farm, LLC, et al. v. FERC pdf
Nos. 13-2326, et al.

Interconnection of wind facilities to transmission network and cost responsibility for network upgrades. Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc., 135 FERC ¶ 61,222 (2011), order on reh’g & clar., 143 FERC ¶ 61,050 (2013), order on reh’g & clar., 148 FERC ¶ 61,047 (2014).
7th Cir. E. Rylander
03/13/15 In Re: Delaware Riverkeeper Network pdf
No. 15-1052

Response to petition for stay pending appellate court review of FERC orders granting pipeline certificate.
D.C. Cir. L. Luftig
R. Fulton
01/15/15 FERC v. Electric Power Supply Ass’n pdf
No. 14-840

Petition for a writ of certiorari seeking Supreme Court review of May 23, 2014 decision of the D.C. Circuit invalidating Commission rulemaking. Statutory authority to establish the rules governing participation by eligible demand response resources in organized wholesale energy markets. Demand Response Compensation in Organized Wholesale Energy Markets, Order No. 745, 134 FERC ¶ 61,187 (2011), order on reh’g, 137 FERC ¶ 61,215 (2011). [Petition filed by the Solicitor General of the United States]
Supreme Ct. R. Solomon
H. Cafer
Date Case Circuit Attorney
12/23/14 Colonial Pipeline Co. v. FERC pdf
No. 14-1078

Denial of petition for declaratory order, seeking contract rates for certain shippers for existing capacity, priority for excess capacity for contract shippers, and prorationing method for contract shippers. Colonial Pipeline Co., 146 FERC ¶ 61,206 (2014).
D.C. Cir. R. Fulton
H. Cafer
12/05/14 Louisiana Pub. Serv. Comm’n v. FERC pdf
Nos. 12-1282 and 12-1295

Rates to implement first annual bandwidth remedy (rough production cost equalization among Entergy operating companies); various ratemaking issues. Entergy Services, Inc., Opinion No. 505, 130 FERC ¶ 61,023 (2010), order on reh’g & clar., Opinion No. 505-A, 139 FERC ¶ 61,103 (2012), reh’g denied, 145 FERC ¶ 61,046 (2013).
D.C. Cir. L. Perry
12/03/14 Constellation Energy, et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 11-1451

Rate design to address the problem of rate pancaking across the Midwest ISO-PJM seam; development and implementation of Seams Elimination Cost Adjustment (SECA). Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc., and PJM Interconnection, LLC, et al., 131 FERC ¶ 61,173 (2010), reh’g denied, 136 FERC ¶ 61,244 (2011).
D.C. Cir. B. Pacella
11/24/14 Gunpowder Riverkeeper v. FERC pdf
No. 14-1062

Commission authorization to construct and operate 21 miles of pipeline and appurtenant facilities in Baltimore and Harford Counties, MD; claimed errors in approval process and adverse effect on private property interests. Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC, 145 FERC ¶ 61,153 (2013), reh’g denied, 146 FERC ¶ 61,116 (2014).
D.C. Cir. E. Rylander
10/29/14 Aera Energy, et al. v. FERC pdf
Nos. 13-1138 and 13-1303

General rate case filing by Kern River; inclusion of Master Limited Partnerships in proxy group for determining rate of return, and various Period I and II rate design issues. Kern River Gas Transmission Co., Opinion No. 486, 117 FERC ¶ 61,077 (2006), on reh'g, 123 FERC ¶ 61,056 (2008), on reh’g, 129 FERC ¶ 61,240 (2009), on reh’g, 133 FERC ¶ 61,162 (2010), on initial decision, 136 FERC ¶ 61,045 (2011), on reh’g, 142 FERC ¶ 61,132 (2013).
D.C. Cir. L. Perry
10/27/14 Midland Cogen. Venture LP v. FERC pdf
No. 12-1224 and 14-1020

Interconnection between Consumers Energy and Midland Cogeneration and assignment of Consumers’ transmission responsibilities to Michigan Electric; disputed filing and payment obligations. Michigan Electric Transmission Co., LLC, 138 FERC ¶ 61,202 (2012), and Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator and Consumers Energy Co., 138 FERC ¶ 61,204 (2012); order on reh’g and clar., 146 FERC ¶ 61,008 (2014).
D.C. Cir. K. Larson
09/25/14 Oneok, Inc. v. Learjet, Inc. pdf
No. 13-271

Merits brief of the United States as amicus curiae concerning review of Ninth Circuit decision holding that that the Natural Gas Act does not preempt state-law antitrust claims targeting manipulation of privately published natural-gas price indices. [Brief filed by the Solicitor General of the United States]
S. Ct. R. Solomon
H. Cafer
09/24/14 Cal. Pub. Utils. Comm’n v. FERC pdf
No. 13-74361

Denial of interlocutory appeal of ALJ’s decision not to hold FERC proceeding in abeyance, concerning recovery of wildfire costs from ratepayers, until decision in CPUC proceeding. San Diego Gas & Electric Co., 145 FERC ¶ 61,136 (2013) (rejecting rehearing of decision not to hear interlocutory appeal).
9th Cir. L. Luftig
K. Larson
09/24/14 Pub. Serv. Comm’n of New York v. FERC pdf
No. 13-2316

Approval of modifications to definition of “bulk electric system” developed by NERC, and approval of procedures to add or remove facilities from the bulk electric system on a case-by-case basis. Revision to Electric Reliability Organization Definition of Bulk Electric System and Rules of Procedure, Order No. 773, 141 FERC ¶ 61,236 (2012), order on reh’g and clar., 143 FERC ¶ 61,053 (2013).
2nd Cir. C. Banta
09/22/14 Elec. Power Supply Ass’n v. FERC pdf
Nos. 11-1486, et al.

Motion to stay issuance of mandate
D.C. Cir. H. Cafer
09/15/14 PSEG Cos., et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 12-1382 (Supplemental Brief)

Transmission planning under PJM-administered tariff; eligibility of non-incumbent transmission owners to build economic expansion projects, receiving cost-based or cost-of-service compensation, under PJM Regional Transmission Expansion Plan (RTEP) procedures. Primary Power, LLC, 131 FERC ¶ 61,015 (2010), order on reh’g, 140 FERC ¶ 61,052 (2012); Central Transmission, LLC v. PJM Interconnection, L.L.C., 131 FERC ¶ 61,243 (2010), order on reh’g, 140 FERC ¶ 61,053 (2012).
D.C. Cir. L. Perry
09/11/14 Tesoro Alaska Co., et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 13-1248, et al.

Approval of contested settlement, addressing cost pooling among owners of the Trans Alaska Pipeline System. BP Pipelines (Alaska) Inc., et al., 144 FERC ¶ 61,025 (2013).
D.C. Cir. B. Pacella
08/25/14 Missouri Pub. Serv. Comm’n v. FERC pdf
No. 13-1278

Order on remand from Missouri Pub. Serv. Comm’n v. FERC, 601 F.3d 581 (D.C. Cir. 2010), concerning FERC’s decision to allow MoGas Pipeline to include full purchase price of certain pipeline assets (including amount in excess of book value) in rate base, based on showing of ratepayer benefits. Missouri Interstate Gas Co., et al., 142 FERC ¶ 61,195 (2013), reh’g denied, 144 FERC ¶ 61,220 (2013).
D.C. Cir. C. Banta
08/01/14 Central Hudson Gas & Elec., et al. v. FERC pdf

Approval of new capacity zone in New York; redefinition of demand curves in New York installed capacity market. New York Indep. System Operator, Inc., 144 FERC ¶ 61,126 (2013), order on reh’g, 147 FERC ¶ 61,152 (2014); 146 FERC ¶ 61,043 (2014), reh’g & clar. denied, 147 FERC ¶ 61,148 (2014).
2nd Cir. L. Luftig
K. Larson
07/29/14 Louisiana Pub. Serv. Comm’n v. FERC pdf
No. 13-60784

Implementation of bandwidth remedy based on calendar year 2008 data – third annual bandwidth proceeding; consideration of various inputs to formula. Entergy Services, Inc., Op. No. 518, 139 FERC ¶ 61,105 (2012), order on reh’g & clar., 145 FERC ¶ 61,047 (2013).
5th Cir. C. Banta
07/17/14 Turlock Irrigation Dist., et al. v. FERC pdf
Nos. 13-1250, et al.

Determination that licensing is required for unlicensed 4.9 MW La Grange Project, on the Tuolumne River in California, because of findings based on navigability, federal lands, and post-1935 construction. Turlock Irrigation Dist. and Modesto Irrigation Dist., 141 FERC ¶ 62,211 (2012), order on reh’g and stay, 144 FERC ¶ 61,051 (2013).
D.C. Cir. R. Kennedy
07/07/14 Electric Power Supply Ass’n, et al. v. FERC pdf
Nos. 11-1486, et al.

Petition for rehearing en banc. Regulations requiring that demand response provider, participating in an organized wholesale energy market, be compensated at the market (locational marginal) price, when dispatch of demand response resource is cost-effective and can balance supply and demand. Demand Response Compensation in Organized Wholesale Energy Markets, Order No. 745, 134 FERC ¶ 61,187 (2011), order on reh’g & clar., 137 FERC ¶ 61,215 (2011).
D.C. Cir. H. Cafer
R. Solomon
06/06/14 St. Paul Park Refining Co. v. FERC and USofA pdf
No. 13-1302

Order dismissing complaint that alleged that 2008 settlement, instituting a surcharge for an oil pipeline expansion project, no longer is just and reasonable. St. Paul Park Refining Co. LLC v. Enbridge Pipelines (North Dakota) LLC, 145 FERC ¶ 61,050 (2013).
D.C. Cir. E. Rylander
05/27/14 In Re: People of the State of New York and Public Service Comm’n of the State of New York pdf
No. 14-1502

Opposition to petition for mandamus and stay of FERC order accepting creation of a new capacity zone for the Lower Hudson Valley.
2nd Cir. L. Luftig
K. Larson
05/07/14 Dept. of Interior v. FERC pdf
No. 13-2439

Replacement of the existing wooden flashboards of Pawtucket Dam in Lowell, Mass. with an inflatable crest gate system, to reduce risk of flooding; effect on historic preservation. Boott Hydropower and Eldred L. Field Hydroelectric Trust, 143 FERC ¶ 61,048 (2013), reh’g denied, 144 FERC ¶ 61,211 (2013).
1st Cir. R. Kennedy
05/01/14 Midland Power Coop. and NRECA v. FERC pdf
No. 13-1184

Finding that Midland’s disconnection of service to the qualifying wind facility owned and operated by the Sweckers, over disagreement as to Midland’s avoided costs for purchasing the output of the facility, is inconsistent with Midland’s obligations under PURPA. Gregory and Beverly Swecker v. Midland Power Coop., 137 FERC ¶ 61,200 (2011), reh’g denied, 142 FERC ¶ 61,207 (2013).
D.C. Cir. L. Luftig
04/30/14 Crescent Bar Condominium Ass’n v. FERC pdf
No. 13-73971

Approval of shoreline management plan for Priest Rapids Project; determination that licensee is not required to permit private uses (including private leasing) of project lands. Pub. Util. Dist. No. 2 of Grant County, Wash., 143 FERC ¶ 61,046 (2013), reh'g denied, 144 FERC ¶ 61,210 (2013).
9th Cir. E. Rylander
03/20/14 PPL Energyplus, LLC, et al. v. Lee A.
Solomon, in his official Capacity as President of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, et al.
pdf
Nos. 13-4330 & 13-4501 (consolidated)

Appeal of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey’s ruling that a New Jersey statute, the Long Term Capacity Pilot Program Act is preempted by the Federal Power Act. PPL EnergyPlus, LLC v. Hanna, No. 11-745, 2013 WL 5603896 (D.N.J. Oct. 2013). The New Jersey statute is a state initiative to incentivize the development of new generation resources. Generators selected under the statute are required to participate in the regional interstate energy market administered by PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. and overseen by the Commission. The United States and the Commission responded to the Court’s invitation to submit an amicus brief addressing whether the Federal Power Act preempts the New Jersey statute.
3rd Cir. K. Larson
L. Luftig
03/06/14 Myersville Citizens, et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 13-1219

Order granting certificate to Dominion to construct and operate new natural gas facilities, including compressor station in Myersville, Maryland. Dominion Transmission, Inc., 141 FERC ¶ 61,240 (2012), reh’g denied, 143 FERC ¶ 61,148 (2013).
D.C. Cir. K. Larson
02/28/14 Illinois Commerce Comm’n, et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 13-1674, et al.

Order on remand from Illinois Commerce Comm’n v. FERC, 576 F.3d 470 (7th Cir. 2009), regarding cost allocation for transmission facilities that operate at or above 500 kV; affirmation of region-wide, postage stamp allocation for covered facilities planned and approved before Feb. 1, 2013. PJM Interconnection, L.L.C., 138 FERC ¶ 61,230 (2012), on reh’g, 142 FERC ¶ 61,216 (2013).
7th Cir. J. Amerkhail
02/21/14 Smith Lake Improvement Ass’n v. FERC pdf
No. 13-1074

Relicensing of the Warrior River Hydroelectric Project, on the Black Warrior River in Alabama; various issues concerning surface elevation of reservoir. Alabama Power Co., 130 FERC ¶ 62,271 (2010), reh’g denied, 141 FERC ¶ 61,127 (2012), reh’g rejected, 142 FERC ¶ 61,039 (2013).
D.C. Cir. L. Luftig
02/20/14 In re Louisiana Public Service Commission pdf
No. 14-30073

Petition of LPSC for mandamus to act on “abeyance
orders” in 5 bandwidth/complaint dockets, denied.
5th Cir. C. Banta
02/20/14 Northwest Requirements Utils., et al. v. FERC pdf
Nos. 13-70391, et al.

Order granting petition filed by owners of wind facilities that Bonneville’s Redispatch Policy offers non-comparable transmission service that favors federal hydroelectric resources. Iberdrola Renewables, Inc., et al. v. Bonneville Power Admin., 137 FERC ¶ 61,185 (2011), reh’g denied, 141 FERC ¶ 61,233 (2012).
9th Cir. B. Pacella
02/03/14 TC Ravenswood, LLC v. FERC pdf
No. 12-1434

Rates for Ravenswood’s operation of a dual-fuel (natural gas or fuel oil) generator. TC Ravenswood, LLC, 133 FERC ¶ 61,087 (2010), reh’g dismissed, 140 FERC ¶ 61,214 (2012).
D.C. Cir. C. Banta
01/17/14 In re Louisiana Public Service Commission pdf
No. 14-30073

Petition of LPSC for mandamus to compel FERC to act on 2011 rehearing of order on remand, and to comply with 2008 mandate, denied.
5th Cir. C. Banta
Date Case Circuit Attorney
12/20/13 Louisiana Pub. Serv. Comm’n v. FERC pdf
No. 13-1155

Exercise of discretion not to order refunds for the 15-month period following LPSC complaint, despite FERC finding of improper allocation of costs among Entergy operating companies (improper inclusion of interruptible load in Entergy’s calculation of peak load responsibility). Louisiana Pub. Serv. Comm’n and the City of New Orleans v. Entergy Corp., 129 FERC ¶ 61,237 (2009), amended, 132 FERC ¶ 61,133 (2010), reh’g granted in part, 135 FERC ¶ 61,218 (2011), reh’g denied, 142 FERC ¶ 61,211 (2013).
D.C. Cir. H. Cafer
12/13/13 South Carolina Pub. Serv. Auth., et al. v. FERC pdf
Nos. 12-1232, et al.

Order 1000 rulemaking, amending transmission planning and cost allocation requirements established in Order No. 890. Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation by Transmission Owning and Operating Public Utilities, Order No. 1000, FERC Stats. & Regs. ¶ 31,323 (2011), order on reh’g, Order No. 1000-A, 139 FERC ¶ 61,132 (2012).
D.C. Cir. B. Pacella
L. Perry
12/09/13 R. Gordon Gooch v. FERC pdf
No. 13-1148

Dismissal of complaint challenging Colonial’s alleged over-recovery of revenues for transportation of petroleum products. R. Gordon Gooch v. Colonial Pipeline Co., 142 FERC ¶ 61,220 (2013).
D.C. Cir. L. Luftig
11/19/13 Idaho Power Co., et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 13-72220

Order on remand, approving a settlement between Idaho Power/IDACORP and the City of Tacoma, Washington, resolving most issues, on the condition that settling parties remove settlement language that might extinguish right of non-settling parties to bring “ripple claims” against Idaho Power/IDACORP. Puget Sound Energy, Inc. v. All Jurisdictional Sellers of Energy and/or Capacity at Wholesale into Electric Energy and/or Capacity Markets in the Pacific Northwest, 139 FERC ¶ 61,209 (2012), order on reh’g & compl., 141 FERC ¶ 61,148 (2012).
9th Cir. L. Perry
11/12/13 Minisink Residents, et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 12-1481, et al.

Certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing Millennium Pipeline to construct and operate compressor station and related facilities in the Town of Minisink, New York. Millennium Pipeline Co., 140 FERC ¶ 61,045 (2012), reh’g denied, 141 FERC ¶ 61,198 (2012), reh’g denied, 142 FERC ¶ 61,077 (2013).
D.C. Cir. K. Larson
10/15/13 Southwestern Power Admin., et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 13-1033

NERC/FERC imposition of penalty of $19,500 against a federal entity (SWPA) that violates a mandatory reliability standard. North American Electric Reliability Corp., 140 FERC ¶ 61,048 (2012), reh’g denied, 141 FERC ¶ 61,242 (2012).
D.C. Cir. L. Perry
10/07/13 NO Gas Pipeline, et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 12-1470, et al.

Certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing Texas Eastern and Algonquin, wholly-owned subsidiaries of Spectra Energy, to construct and operate New Jersey-New York Expansion Project, to increase firm transportation service to the New York City metropolitan area. Texas Eastern Transmission, LP and Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC, 139 FERC ¶ 61,138 (2012), reh’g denied, 141 FERC ¶ 61,043 (2012).
D.C. Cir. J. Amerkhail
09/03/13 Louisiana Pub. Serv. Comm’n v. FERC pdf
No. 13-60140

Bandwidth calculations and remedies to keep Entergy companies in rough equalization under System Agreement; consideration of depreciation inputs and costs. Entergy Services, Inc., Op. No. 514, 137 FERC ¶ 61,029 (2011), reh’g denied, Op. No. 514-A, 142 FERC ¶ 61,013 (2013); Arkansas Pub. Serv. Comm’n v. Entergy Corp., et al., 128 FERC ¶ 61,020 (2009), reh’g denied, 137 FERC ¶ 61,030 (2011), on reh’g, 142 FERC ¶ 61,012 (2013).
5th Cir. C. Banta
08/30/13 FirstEnergy Service Co. v. FERC pdf
No. 12-1461

PJM allocation to new member (ATSI) a share of the costs of high voltage regional transmission expansion projects that were planned prior to the new member’s integration into PJM. American Transmission Systems, Inc.; FirstEnergy Serv. Co. v. PJM Interconnection, L.L.C., 129 FERC ¶ 61,249 (2009), order on reh’g, 130 FERC ¶ 61,171 (2010), order on reh’g, 140 FERC ¶ 61,226 (2012).
D.C. Cir. H. Cafer
08/16/13 Calif., ex rel, Kamala D. Harris, Attorney General, et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 12-71958

Order on remand from State of California, ex rel. Bill Lockyer v. FERC, 383 F.3d 1006 (9th Cir. 2004), affirming ALJ after hearing that California Parties failed to prove that violations of reporting requirements masked an accumulation of market power. State of California, ex rel. Bill Lockyer, Attorney General of California v. British Columbia Power Exchange Corp., et al., 135 FERC ¶ 61,113 (2011), reh’g denied, 139 FERC ¶ 61,211 (2012).
9th Cir. B. Pacella
08/13/13 Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 13-1015

Certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. to upgrade existing pipeline system with 40 miles of pipeline looping. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., L.L.C., 139 FERC ¶ 61,161 (2012), on reh’g, 142 FERC ¶ 61,025 (2013).
D.C. Cir. K. Larson
04/18/13 West Deptford Energy, LLC v. FERC pdf
No. 12-1340

Assignment of costs of already-constructed network upgrade to interconnecting generator, based on tariff language and cost allocation policy. PJM Interconnection, L.L.C., 136 FERC ¶ 61,195 (2011), reh’g denied, 139 FERC ¶ 61,184 (2012).
D.C. Cir. B. Pacella
04/10/13 PSEG Cos., et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 12-1382

Transmission planning under PJM-administered tariff; eligibility of non-incumbent transmission owners to build economic expansion projects, receiving cost-based or cost-of-service compensation, under PJM Regional Transmission Expansion Plan (RTEP) procedures. Primary Power, LLC, 131 FERC ¶ 61,015 (2010), order on reh’g, 140 FERC ¶ 61,052 (2012); Central Transmission, LLC v. PJM Interconnection, L.L.C., 131 FERC ¶ 61,243 (2010), order on reh’g, 140 FERC ¶ 61,053 (2012).
D.C. Cir. L. Perry
04/02/13 New Jersey Bd. of Pub. Utils., et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 11-4245, et al.

Acceptance of PJM’s Minimum Offer Price Rule, imposing a minimum offer screen to determine whether an offer from a new resource is competitive, and designed to ensure that all new resources are offered on a competitive basis without exercise of market power. PJM Interconnection, L.L.C., et al., 135 FERC ¶ 61,022 (2011), order on compl. and reh’g, 137 FERC ¶ 61,145 (2011), order on reh’g, 138 FERC ¶ 61,194 (2012).
3rd Cir. C.Banta
H.Cafer
03/29/13 BNP Paribas Energy Trading v. FERC pdf
No. 12-1242

Allocation of Transco’s cost of purchasing base gas in storage, needed to pressurize the reservoir to support top gas entitlements, between historic and new shippers. Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corp., Opinion No. 507, 130 FERC ¶ 61,043 (2010), order on reh'g, Opinion No. 507-A, 139 FERC ¶ 61,002 (2012).
D.C. Cir. S. Soopper
03/05/13 New England Power Generators, et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 12-1060, et al.

Various tariff revisions to redesign New England Forward Capacity Market. ISO New England, Inc., et al., 131 FERC ¶ 61,065 (2010), orders on reh’g, 132 FERC ¶ 61,122 (2010), 135 FERC ¶ 61,029 (2011), and 138 FERC ¶ 61,027 (2012).
D.C. Cir. B. Pacella
R. Kennedy
02/05/13 Southwest Power Pool v. FERC pdf
No. 12-1158

Granting of Midwest ISO’s petition for a declaratory order, concerning whether the terms of a joint operating agreement between SPP and MISO, regarding the sharing of transmission capacity on a common path, apply in the event that Entergy Arkansas joins MISO. Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc., 136 FERC ¶ 61,010 (2011), order on reh’g, 138 FERC ¶ 61,055 (2012).
D.C. Cir. C. Banta
02/04/13 George Feighner v. FERC pdf
No. 13-1016

Emergency motion for stay of pipeline construction denied.
D.C. Cir. K. Larson
H. Cafer
01/30/13 Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 13-1015

Commission’s opposition to emergency motion to stay concerning tree clearing and construction of a 40-mile pipeline.
D.C. Cir. K. Larson
01/29/13 In re Minisink Residents for Environmental Preservation and Safety, et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 12-1481

Commission’s opposition to motion for stay to halt operation of natural gas compressor station where stated harm was the perceived safety threat to nearby residents.
D.C. Cir. K. Larson
01/15/13 Illinois Commerce Comm’n, et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 11-3421, et al.

Conditional acceptance of revisions to Midwest ISO tariff, finding that Multi Value Project (MVP) transmission planning and cost allocation methodology reasonably would identify projects that provide regional benefits and allocate the costs of those projects among regional beneficiaries. Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc., 133 FERC ¶ 61,221 (2010), order on reh’g, 137 FERC ¶ 61,074 (2011).
7th Cir. J. Amerkhail
H. Cafer
01/14/13 Northern Laramie Range Alliance v. FERC pdf
No. 12-9567

Denial of request that FERC revoke qualifying facility status of two wind facilities; whether facilities are close enough together to warrant consideration collectively for purpose of 80 MW size limit. Northern Laramie Range Alliance; Pioneer Wind Park I and II, 138 FERC ¶ 61,171 (2012), reh’g denied, 139 FERC ¶ 61,190 (2012).
10th Cir. K. Larson
Date Case Circuit Attorney
12/21/12 Black Oak Energy LLC, et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 08-1386, et al.

Complaint concerning PJM implementation of marginal line loss methodology with respect to virtual traders; payment and timing of refunds. Black Oak Energy, L.L.C., et al. v. PJM Interconnection, 122 FERC ¶ 61,208 (2008), order on reh’g, 125 FERC ¶ 61,042 (2008); on compl., 128 FERC ¶ 61,262 (2009), reh’g denied, 131 FERC ¶ 61,024 (2010); 136 FERC ¶ 61,040 (2011), reh’g denied, 139 FERC ¶ 61,111 (2012).
D.C. Cir. S. Soopper
12/10/12 North Carolina Utils. Comm’n v. FERC pdf
No. 12-1881

Transmission rate incentives, awarding a return on equity adder to base ROE for various transmission enhancement projects. Virginia Electric and Power Co., 124 FERC ¶ 61,207 (2008), reh’g denied, 139 FERC ¶ 61,143 (2012).
4th Cir. L. Perry
12/05/12 TC Ravenswood, LLC, et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 12-1008, et al.

Updates to the demand curve rates for the installed capacity (ICAP) market administered by the New York ISO; timing and level of new rates. New York Indep. System Operator, Inc., 134 FERC ¶ 61,058 (2011), orders on reh’g, 134 FERC ¶ 61,178 (2011), 135 FERC ¶ 61,002 (2011), 135 FERC ¶ 61,170 (2011), and 137 FERC ¶ 61,218 (2011).
D.C. Cir. J. Amerkhail
11/05/12 Thomas J. Andersen v. FERC pdf
No. 12-72266

Erosion along the shoreline of Lake Helena, part of Missouri-Madison Project 2188; allegation that licensee failed to monitor and control ice movement and ice heaving affecting Mr. Anderson’s property adjacent to Lake Helena. PPL Montana, LLC, 139 FERC ¶ 61,231 (2012), and earlier delegated staff letters.
9th Cir. K. Larson
11/02/12 PPL EnergyPlus, LLC v. FERC pdf
No. 11-1341

Dismissal of PPL complaint regarding PJM’s modeling of outages of two months or more in its simultaneous feasibility tests for financial transmission rights and auction revenue rights; failure to model the Meadowbrook-Morrisville 500 kV construction-related transmission outage in PJM feasibility tests conducted for 2010/2011 auctions. PPL EnergyPlus v. PJM Interconnection, 134 FERC ¶ 61,263 (2011), reh’g denied, 136 FERC ¶ 61,060 (2011).
D.C. Cir. C. Banta
10/25/12 Electric Power Supply Ass’n, et al. v. FERC pdf
Nos. 11-1486, et al.

Regulations requiring that demand response provider, participating in an organized wholesale energy market, be compensated at the market (locational marginal) price, when dispatch of demand response resource is cost-effective and can balance supply and demand. Demand Response Compensation in Organized Wholesale Energy Markets, Order No. 745, 134 FERC ¶ 61,187 (2011), order on reh’g & clar., 137 FERC ¶ 61,215 (2011).
D.C. Cir. H. Cafer
10/09/12 In re Minisink Residents for Preservation of the Environment and Safety pdf
No. 12-1390

Commission’s opposition to motion to stay of construction of natural gas compressor close to residential homes.
D.C. Cir. K. Larson
H. Cafer
09/20/12 City of Anaheim, Cal., et al. v. FERC pdf
Nos. 11-1442

Order characterizing South of Lugo Transmission Path as a zonal, rather than local, constraint, spreading costs to all utilities in the SP-15 zone, not just to Southern California Edison, but also to municipals. California Indep. System Operator Corp.; Pacific Gas and Electric Co. v. California ISO, 121 FERC ¶ 61,193 (2007), reh’g denied, 136 FERC ¶ 61,197 (2011).
D.C. Cir. K. Larson
09/10/12 Southern California Edison Co. v. FERC pdf
Nos. 11-1471

Order approving a base return on equity of 9.54 percent for Southern California Edison’s transmission projects; selection of median rather than midpoint within zone of reasonableness. Southern California Edison Co., 131 FERC ¶ 61,020 (2010), order on reh’g and clar., 137 FERC ¶ 61,016 (2011).
D.C. Cir. S. Soopper
09/04/12 NE Power Generators, et al. v. FERC pdf
Nos. 11-1422, et al.

Issues remanded by Supreme Court and D.C. Circuit: whether results of auctions conducted under Forward Capacity Market are contract rates deserving of Mobile-Sierra public interest standard of review; and, if not, whether the FERC in its discretion can impose high public interest standard. Devon Power LLC, order on remand, 134 FERC ¶ 61,208 (2011), reh'g denied, 137 FERC ¶ 61,073 (2011).
D.C. Cir. L. Perry
07/03/12 In re Black Oak Energy, LLC, et al. pdf
No. 12-1274

Response to writ of mandamus directing FERC to stay the effectiveness of its refund orders.
D.C. Cir. R. Kennedy
06/25/12 Northern Natural Gas Co. v. FERC pdf
No. 11-1484

Denial of application to abandon jointly-owned facilities – the Matagorda Offshore Pipeline System -- and services. Northern Natural Gas Co., 135 FERC ¶ 61,048 (2011), reh’g denied, 137 FERC ¶ 61,091 (2011).
D.C. Cir. H. Cafer
06/18/12 Green Island Power Authority v. FERC pdf
No. 11-1960, et al.

Order reinstating the new license for the School Street Project to the applicant following remand in Green Island Power Authority v. FERC, 577 F.3d 148 (2d Cir. 2009), finding that the relicensing settlement agreement did not materially amend the license application in a manner requiring an opportunity for the public to intervene in the relicensing proceeding and that, in any event, a proffered alternative to replace the project is not a feasible alternative requiring consideration in the proceeding. Erie Boulevard Hydropower, L.P., 131 FERC ¶ 61,036 (2010), reh’g denied, 134 FERC ¶ 61,205 (2011), reh’g denied, 136 FERC ¶ 61,044 (2011).
2d Cir. H. Cafer
06/11/12 Brian Hunter v. FERC pdf
No. 11-1477

Order affirming ALJ’s initial decision after hearing, and ordering payment of $30 million civil penalty, for Brian Hunter’s trading of natural gas futures contracts having a direct effect on the price of natural gas, in violation of FERC’s anti-market manipulation regulations under 18 C.F.R. § 1c.1, implementing section 4A of the Natural Gas Act, 15 U.S.C. § 717c-1. Brian Hunter, 135 FERC ¶ 61,054 (2011), reh’g denied, 137 FERC ¶ 61,146 (2011).
D.C. Cir. L. Perry
R. Kennedy
05/09/12 Coalit. for Responsible Growth, et al. v. FERC pdf
No.12-566

Authorization to construct and operate the MARC 1 Hub Line Project, a 39-mile long natural gas pipeline in northeastern Pennsylvania; consideration of cumulative impacts of Marcellus Shale development. Central New York Oil & Gas Co., 137 FERC ¶ 61,121 (2011), order on reh’g, 138 FERC ¶ 61,104 (2012).
2nd Cir. K. Larson
H. Cafer
04/04/12 Northern Natural Gas Co. v. FERC pdf
No. 11-1240

Rejection of Northern Natural’s proposal to charge market-based rates for the resale of storage capacity. Northern Natural Gas Co., 133 FERC ¶ 61,210 (2010), reh’g denied, 135 FERC ¶ 61,085 (2011).
D.C. Cir. B. Pacella
03/19/12 TC Ravenswood, LLC v. FERC pdf
No. 11-1258

Conditional acceptance of proposal by New York ISO to implement market mitigation measures for generators located in the rest-of-state (outside New York City and Long Island) capacity region in New York. New York Independent System Operator, Inc., 133 FERC ¶ 61,030 (2010), order on reh’g, 135 FERC ¶ 61,157 (2011).
D.C. Cir. J. Amerkhail
02/23/12 NRG Power Marketing LLC, et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 11-1201

Approval of contested settlement and related transmission service agreements and Joint Operating Agreement Protocol; roll over of transmission service to Consolidated Edison. PJM Interconnection, LLC, et al., 132 FERC ¶ 61,221 (2010), order on reh'g, 135 FERC ¶ 61,018 (2011).
D.C. Cir. S. Soopper
02/22/12 Moussa I. Kourouma v. FERC pdf
No. 11-1283

Assessment of $50,000 civil penalty for submission of false information in connection with application for market-based rate authority.  Moussa I. Kourouma d/b/a Quantum Energy LLC, 135 FERC ¶ 61,245 (2011).
D.C. Cir. R. Kennedy
02/16/12 Coalition for Responsible Growth and Res. Conservation, et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 12-566

Commission opposition to motion to stay clearing of 200,000 mature trees and construction of a 39-mile greenfield natural gas pipeline.
2nd Cir. H. Cafer
K. Larson
02/09/12 Calpine Corp., et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 11-1122

Order on remand from Southern California Edison Co. v. FERC, 603 F.3d 996 (D.C. Cir. 2010), on calculation of transmission service charges for station power, which need not use the same netting method as that used to calculate retail energy charges. Duke Energy Moss Landing v. California ISO Corp.; California ISO Corp., 132 FERC ¶ 61,183 (2010), reh'g denied, 134 FERC ¶ 61,151 (2011).
D.C. Cir. R. Kennedy
Date Case Circuit Attorney
12/07/11 James and Polly Lyons v. FERC pdf
No. 11-1333

Finding that Appalachian, licensee of the Smith Mountain Pumped Storage Project, complied with the terms of its license concerning consistency of project uses (including boat docks) with Shoreline Management Plan; dismissal of late rehearing request. Appalachian Power Co., 133 FERC ¶ 61,135 (2010), reh’g denied, 134 FERC ¶ 61,114 (2011).
4th Cir. H. Cafer
11/08/11 City of New Orleans, Louisiana, et al. v. FERC pdf
Nos. 11-1043 et al.

Withdrawal of Entergy Arkansas and Entergy Mississippi from Entergy System Agreement; consideration of exit notice, exit compensation, and cost allocation issues. Entergy Services, Inc., 129 FERC ¶ 61,143 (2009), reh’g denied, 134 FERC ¶ 61,075 (2011).
D.C. Cir. C. Banta
10/20/11 Occidental Permian Ltd., et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 10-1381

Conditional authorization to Tres Amigas to sell, at negotiated rates, transmission services on proposed superstation connecting the three continental interconnections and allowing the transmission of intermittent wind and solar generation. Tres Amigas LLC, 130 FERC ¶ 61,207 (2010), reh'g denied, 132 FERC ¶ 61,233 (2010)
D.C. Cir. J. Amerkhail
10/04/11 Mobil Pipe Line Co. v. FERC pdf
No. 11-1021

Order affirming ALJ’s Initial Decision, following hearing, and denying Mobil’s application for market-based rate authority. Mobil Pipe Line Co.,
133 FERC ¶ 61,192 (2010).
D.C. Cir. J. Albert
Lona Perry
08/11/11 Freeport-McMoran Corp. v. FERC pdf
No. 08-1349, et al.

Continued applicability of Article 11.2 of El Paso’s 1996 Settlement, placing certain limitations on the rates that El Paso can charge in future rate cases to shippers that were parties to the 1996 Settlement; Approval of 2006 Rate Settlement.  El Paso Natural Gas Co., 114 FERC ¶ 61,290 (2006) order on reh’g & compl, 124 FERC ¶ 61,227 (2008), order on reh’g, 132 FERC ¶ 61,155 (2010).
D.C. Cir. B. Pacella
07/05/11 Defenders of Wildlife, et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 10-1407

Issuance of certificate to allow Ruby Pipeline to construct and operate a 677-mile natural gas pipeline, from southwest Wyoming to Malin Hub near Oregon-California border; sufficiency of environmental analysis. Ruby Pipeline, L.L.C., 131 FERC ¶ 61,007 (2010), reh'g denied, 133 FERC ¶ 61,105 (2010).
D.C. Cir. R. Kennedy
06/30/11 Braintree Electric Light Dept. v. FERC pdf
No. 09-1231

Allocation of costs associated with ISO New England's operation of Canal 1 and 2 generating units out of economic merit; order on ISO New England compliance filing, that Southeastern Massachusetts reliability region boundary continues to provide reasonable basis for allocation of Canal Unit dispatch costs. Braintree Electric Light Dept., et al. v. ISO New England, Inc., 124 FERC ¶ 61,061 (2008), order on reh'g, 128 FERC ¶ 61,008 (2009); 129 FERC ¶ 61,077 (2009), reh'g denied, 132 FERC ¶ 61,248 (2010).
D.C. Cir. C. Banta
05/05/11 Alabama Municipal Electric Auth. v. FERC pdf
No. 10-1141

Denial of complaint that rates under the Southern Company open access transmission tariff, based on Southern’s system average costs, are unduly discriminatory in comparison to transmission component, based on Alabama Power’s individual costs, of bundled retail service charge.  Municipal Electric Authority v. Alabama Power Co. and Southern Co. Services, Inc., 119 FERC ¶ 61,286 (2007), reh’g denied, 131 FERC ¶ 61,101 (2010).
D.C. Cir. L. Perry
05/05/11 ExxonMobil Gas & Power Mrktg. Co. v. FERC pdf
No. 10-1098

Acceptance and suspension of, and hearing on, limited rate filing to establish a mechanism to record and recover hurricane-related costs not recovered from insurance proceeds or third parties (Hurricane Surcharge).  Sea Robin Pipeline Co., LLC, 128 FERC ¶ 61,286 (2009), order on reh’g, 130 FERC ¶ 61,191 (2010).
D.C. Cir. K. Henry
05/05/11 PSEG Energy Resources & Trade v. FERC pdf
No. 10-1103

Results of ISO New England’s first Forward Capacity Auction, for the 2010-2011 period; price proration for Connecticut generators not allowed to reduce capacity due to ISO reliability review.  ISO New England, Inc., 123 FERC ¶ 61,290 (2008), reh’g denied, 130 FERC ¶ 61,235 (2010).
D.C. Cir. J. Amerkhail
05/04/11 Indiana Utility Regulatory Comm'n v. FERC pdf
No. 10-1313

Participation of retail customers in PJM’s demand response program; whether local utility or retail aggregator certifies eligibility for program.  PJM Interconnection, LLC, 128 FERC ¶ 61,238 (2009), order on reh'g & compl., 131 FERC ¶ 61,069 (2010).
D.C. Cir. S. Soopper
03/22/11 Texas Pipeline Ass’n, et al. v. FERC pdf
Nos. 10-60066 et al.

Regulations under new section 23 of the Natural Gas Act concerning obligation of pipelines, including intrastate pipelines, to post daily scheduled volume information and other data for certain points, to facilitate price transparency in FERC-regulated markets.  Pipeline Posting Requirements Under Section 23 of the Natural Gas Act, Order No. 720, 73 Fed. Reg. 73,494, 125 FERC ¶ 61,211 (2008), order on reh’g & clar., Order No. 720-A, 130 FERC ¶ 61,040 (2010).
5th Cir. S. Soopper
03/03/11 George Jepson, AG of Conn. v. FERC pdf
No. 10-1104

ISO-New England’s collection of administrative costs for calendar year 2010, including executive compensation and salary structure. ISO New England, Inc., 129 FERC ¶ 61,299 (2009), reh’g denied, 130 FERC ¶ 61,236 (2010).
D.C. Cir. B. Pacella
J. Albert
02/16/11 Summit Lake Paiute Tribe, et al. and Defenders of Wildlife, et al. v. FERC pdf
Nos. 10-1389 and 10-1047

Emergency motion for stay denied.
D.C. Cir. H. Cafer
02/08/11 County of Butte, Cal. v. FERC pdf
No. 10-70140

Denial of complaint that California DWR, licensee for the Oroville Project in Butte County, California, was in violation of recreation and public safety requirements of its hydroelectric license. County of Butte, Cal. v. Cal. Dept. of Water Resources, 128 FERC ¶ 61,068 (2009), reh'g denied, 129 FERC ¶ 61,133 (2009).
9th Cir. K. Henry
02/01/11 Texas Pipeline Ass'n, et al. v. FERC pdf
Nos. 10-60066, et al.

Regulations under new section 23 of the Natural Gas Act concerning obligation of pipelines, including intrastate pipelines, to post daily scheduled volume information and other data for certain points, to facilitate price transparency in FERC-regulated markets. Pipeline Posting Requirements Under Section 23 of the Natural Gas Act, Order No. 720, 73 Fed. Reg. 73,494, 125 FERC ¶ 61,211 (2008), order on reh'g & clar., Order No. 720-A, 130 FERC ¶ 61,040 (2010).
5th Cir. S. Soopper
01/19/11 Summit Lake Paiute Tribe, et al. v. FERC pdf
Nos. 10-1389 and 10-1407

Opposition to motion for stay of pipeline construction pending judicial review.
D.C. Cir. L. Perry
R. Kennedy
01/07/11 Richard Blumenthal, Attorney General for the State of CT, et al. and Public Citizen, Inc., et al. pdf
Nos. 08-74439 and 08-74443

Rulemaking codifying and, in certain respects, modifying FERC standards for obtaining and retaining market-based rates for public utilities, at 18 CFR Part 35, Subpart H; consistency of market-based rate program with statutory requirements of advance notice and filing and just and reasonable rates. Market-Based Rates for Wholesale Sales of Electric Energy by Public Utilities, Order No. 697, 119 FERC ¶ 61,295 (2007), order on reh'g and clar.,123 FERC ¶ 61,055 (2008).
9th Cir. C. Banta
Date Case Circuit Attorney
12/13/10 Petersburg Municipal Power & Light v. FERC pdf
No. 10-1096

Issuance of preliminary permit to City of Angoon, after lottery to select among same-day filings by multiple applicants, to study Ruth Lake Project in Alaska. City of Angoon, Alaska, et al., 129 FERC ¶ 62,101 (2009), reh'g denied, 130 FERC ¶ 61,219 (2010).
D.C. Cir. J. Amerkhail
11/12/10 Alcoa Power Generating Inc. v. FERC pdf
No. 10-1066

Denial of petition for declaratory order, finding that State of North Carolina timely acted on application for Clean Water Act section 401 water quality certification within one year. Alcoa Power Generating Inc., 129 FERC ¶ 61,028 (2009), reh'g denied, 130 FERC ¶ 61,037 (2010).
D.C. Cir. J. Amerkhail
11/12/10 MarkWest Michigan Pipeline Co. v. FERC pdf
No. 10-1075

Rejection of indexed rate increase for oil pipeline that is inconsistent with 2006 settlement and applicable regulations. MarkWest Michigan Pipeline Co., L.L.C., 126 FERC ¶ 61,300 (2009), reh’g denied, 130 FERC ¶ 61,084 (2010).
D.C. Cir. C. Banta
11/09/10 New York Regional Interconnect v. FERC pdf
No. 09-1309

Conditional acceptance of New York ISO transmission planning process, submitted in compliance with Order No. 890; eligibility of new transmission projects for cost allocation and recovery. New York Indep. System Operator, Inc., 125 FERC ¶ 61,068 (2008), order on reh'g, 126 FERC ¶ 61,320 (2009), order on reh'g, 129 FERC ¶ 61,045 (2009).
D.C. Cir. H. Cafer
10/07/10 Dynegy Midwest Generation, et al. v. FERC pdf
Nos. 09-1306, et al.

Acceptance of Schedule 2-A, revising Midwest ISO open access transmission tariff to institute zone-based compensation to transmission owners for reactive power. Midwest ISO Transmission Owners, 122 FERC ¶ 61,305 (2008), reh'g denied, 129 FERC ¶ 61,041 (2009).
D.C. Cir. L. Perry
10/04/10 Northern Natural Gas Co. v. FERC pdf
No. 09-1252

Order on remand from Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Co. v. FERC, 513 F.3d 242 (D.C. Cir. 2008), finding that, in light of settlements, Burlington need not refund Kansas ad valorem taxes to pipelines on sales of natural gas, and that pipelines must return refunds paid back to Burlington (and cannot recover those amounts from pipeline customers).  Burlington Res. Oil & Gas Co. and Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Co., 123 FERC ¶ 61,151 (2008), reh’g denied, 128 FERC ¶ 61,151 (2009).
D.C. Cir. R. Kennedy
09/16/10 Brian Hunter v. FERC pdf
No. 10-1017

Latest appeal objecting to the FERC’s jurisdiction to investigate whether a natural person (Hunter) who traded natural gas futures contracts, having a direct effect on the price of natural gas, violated the FERC’s anti-market manipulation regulations under 18 C.F.R. § 1c.1, implementing section 4A of the Natural Gas Act, 15 U.S.C. § 717c-1.  Brian Hunter, 130 FERC ¶ 61,030 (2010) (order denying reh’g), and earlier orders.
D.C. Cir. L. Perry
R. Kennedy
09/15/10 City of Idaho Falls, Idaho, et al. v. FERC pdf
Nos. 09-1120, et al.

Updated list of charges hydropower licensees must pay for their use of federal lands; whether Commission erred in failing to initiate new notice and comment rulemaking. Update of the FERC's Fee Schedule for Annual Charges for the Use of Government Lands, 74 Fed. Reg. 8184 (Feb. 24, 2009), reh'g denied, 129 FERC ¶ 61,095 (2009).
D.C. Cir. J. Albert
09/08/10 L.S. Starrett Co. v. FERC pdf
No. 10-1470

Finding that rehabilitation of Starrett's Crescent Street Dam Project in Worcester County, Mass., adding generating/turbine capacity of project, requires FERC license. L.S. Starrett Co., 129 FERC ¶ 62,053 (2009), reh'g denied, 130 FERC ¶ 61,112 (2010).
1st Cir. B. Pacella
08/25/10 Transm. Agency of N. Cal., et al. v. FERC pdf
Nos. 09-1213, et al.

Orders accepting the California ISO's establishing an Integrated Balancing Authority Area made up of SMUD and Turlock, in order to price import and export transactions with those entities consistently with the ISO's Locational Marginal Pricing rate design. California Indep. System Operator Corp., 124 FERC ¶ 61,271 (2008), order on rehearing, 128 FERC ¶ 61,103 (2009).
D.C. Cir. S. Soopper
08/24/10 Indiana Utility Regulatory Comm'n v. FERC pdf
No. 10-1635

Transmission rate incentives for Pioneer project, a high voltage transmission line in Indiana that will connect PJM Interconnection and Midwest ISO and will facilitate the development of new wind generation. Pioneer Transmission, LLC, 126 FERC ¶ 61,281 (2009), order on reh'g & clar., 130 FERC ¶ 61,044 (2010).
7th Cir. C. Banta
08/12/10 Maryland Pub. Serv. Comm'n, et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 09-1296

Denial of complaint regarding prices set for capacity in PJM's Reliability Pricing Model for delivery years governed by completed RPM auctions. Maryland Pub. Serv. Comm'n, et al. v. PJM Interconn., L.L.C., 124 FERC ¶ 61,276 (2008), reh'g denied, 127 FERC ¶ 61,274 (2009).
D.C. Cir. C. Banta
J. Amerkhail
07/21/10 Flint Hills Resources Alaska, et al. v. FERC pdf
Nos. 08-1270, et al.

Order affirming ALJ after hearing, concerning the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) Carriers' 2005 and 2006 interstate rate filings; finding that proposed rates are not just and reasonable, and ordering refunds; rejecting State of Alaska's discrimination claim seeking additional refunds based on disparity between interstate and intrastate rates. BP Pipelines (Alaska) Inc., et al., Opinion No. 502, 123 FERC ¶ 61,287 (2008), order on reh'g & comp., 125 FERC ¶ 61,215 (2008), order on reh'g, 127 FERC ¶ 61,317 (2009).
D.C. Cir. J. Albert
C. Banta
07/16/10 Apache Corp. v. FERC pdf
No. 09-1204

Issuance of certificates authorizing, among other things, lease of natural gas transmission capacity from Enogex to Midcontinent; impact of lease on Enogex's captive customers receiving interruptible service under NGPA § 311. Midcontinent Express Pipeline LLC and Enogex Inc., 124 FERC ¶ 61,089 (2008), order on reh'g & clarification, 127 FERC ¶ 61,164 (2009).
D.C. Cir. C. Banta
07/08/10 Western Refining Southwest, et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 09-60947

Dismissal of complaint concerning capacity release agreement not within FERC jurisdiction over oil pipeline transportation but subject to state court jurisdiction to resolve property rights under private contract.  Western Refining Southwest Inc., et al. v. TEPPCO Crude Pipeline, LLC, 127 FERC ¶ 61,288 (2009), reh’g denied, 129 FERC ¶ 61,053 (2009).
5th Cir. R. Kennedy
07/06/10 Flint Hills Alaska v. FERC and United States pdf
Nos. 09-1236, et al.

Order affirming ALJ initial decision on valuation (specifically, processing cost adjustment) of West Coast Heavy Distillate cut of Trans Alaska Pipeline System crude oil; issues on appeal are effective date and length of refund period.  BP Pipelines (Alaska) Inc., et al., 122 FERC ¶ 61,236 (2008), order on compl., 125 FERC ¶ 61,254 (2008), reh’g denied, 128 FERC ¶ 61,169 (2009).
D.C. Cir. K. Henry
06/24/10 Murray Energy Corp.et al. v. FERC pdf
No. 09-1207

Authorization to commence construction of 8-mile stretch of Rockies Express-East Pipeline, crossing lands underlain by coal reserves and mined areas controlled by the Murray Companies.  Rockies Express Pipeline, LLC, 128 FERC ¶ 61,045 (2009), order on rehearing of 3/19/09 unpublished letter order.
D.C. Cir. H. Cafer
06/08/10 Flint Hills Resources Alaska,et al. v. FERC pdf
Nos. 06-1361, et al.

Acceptance of tariff sheets filed to comply with Opinion No. 481 series of orders (concerning Trans Alaska Pipeline System “Quality Bank”); application of Nelson-Farrar Inflation Adjustment Index to processing costs for Heavy Distillate and Resid cuts.  BP Pipelines (Alaska) Inc., et al., 116 FERC ¶ 61,208 (2006), reh’g denied, 118 FERC ¶ 61,056 (2007), order on voluntary remand, 124 FERC ¶ 61,153 (2008), order on reh’g, 127 FERC ¶ 61,039 (2009); Trans Alaska Pipeline System, 119 FERC ¶ 61,254 (2007), reh’g denied, 120 FERC ¶ 61,279 (2007).
D.C. Cir. K. Henry
05/17/10 N. Cal. Power Agency, et al. v. FERC pdf
Nos. 09-72762, et al.

Supplemental Brief, filed 1/4/2011

Orders on remand from Bonneville Power Admin. v. FERC, 422 F.3d 908 (9th Cir. 2005), eliminating refund obligation for sales by non-jurisdictional (governmental) entities during 2000-2001 Western energy crisis; whether the Commission retroactively reset the market clearing price. San Diego Gas & Electric Co. v. Sellers of Energy and Ancillary Services, 121 FERC ¶ 61,067 (2007), order on clar., 121 FERC ¶ 61,188 (2007), reh'g denied, 127 FERC ¶ 61,191 (2009).
9th Cir. L. Perry
05/04/10 State of Oregon, et al. v. FERC pdf
Nos. 09-70269, et al.

Authorization to Bradwood Landing to site, construct and operate a liquefied natural gas terminal on the Columbia River in Clatsop County, Oregon, and to construct, own and operate 36.3 miles of pipeline from the LNG terminal to an interconnection with Northwest Pipeline Corp. in Cowlitz County, Washington.  Bradwood Landing LLC and NorthernStar Energy LLC, 124 FERC ¶ 61,257 (2008), reh'g denied, 126 FERC ¶ 61,035 (2009).
9th Cir. R. Kennedy
04/01/10 Richard Blumenthal v. FERC pdf
No. 09-1220

ISO New England's collection of administrative costs for calendar year 2009, including executive compensation.  ISO New England, Inc., 125 FERC ¶ 61,392 (2008), reh'g denied, 127 FERC ¶ 61,254 (2009).
D.C. Cir. B. Pacella
03/30/10 Maine Pub. Utils. Comm'n, et al. v. FERC pdf
(Supplemental Brief)
Nos. 06-1403, et al.

Approval and implementation of contested settlement, developing Forward Capacity Market as an alternative to locational installed capacity mechanism to assure sufficient generation capacity in New England.  Devon Power LLC, 115 FERC ¶ 61,340 (2006), order on reh'g and clar., 117 FERC & 61,133 (2006); ISO New England, Inc., et al., 117 FERC ¶ 61,132 (2006), reh'g denied, 119 FERC ¶ 61,044 (2007).
D.C. Cir. L. Perry
03/19/10 Fishermen Interested in Safe Hydrokinetics v. FERC pdf
No. 09-72920

Preliminary permit to study proposed hydrokinetic Green Wave Mendocino Project, to be located in Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mendocino County, CA; whether FPA requires the Commission to develop a comprehensive plan for waters off the coast of CA, OR and WA.  Green Wave Energy Solutions, LLC, 127 FERC ¶ 62,093 (2009), reh'g denied, 128 FERC ¶ 61,034 (2009).
9th Cir. H. Cafer
03/16/10 Hoopa Valley Tribe v. FERC pdf
No. 09-1134

Denial of motion filed by Hoopa Valley Tribe to impose interim license conditions, during relicensing proceeding, to impose ramping rate and minimum flow conditions to protect trout.  PacifiCorp, 125 FERC ¶ 61,196 (2008), reh'g denied, 126 FERC ¶ 61,236 (2009).
D.C. Cir. S. Soopper
02/25/10 Southern California Edison Co. v. FERC pdf
Nos. 05-1327, et al.

Order granting, in part, complaint and directing California ISO to revise its open access transmission tariff to conform to FERC station power policies; Order on self-supply by merchant generators of station power requirements, and appropriate netting period, under California ISO station power protocol.  Duke Energy Moss Landing v. California Indep. System Operator Corp., 109 FERC ¶ 61,170 (2004), reh'g denied, 111 FERC ¶ 61,451 (2005); California Indep. System Operator Corp., 111 FERC ¶ 61,452 (2005), order on reh'g, compl. & clar., 125 FERC ¶ 61,072 (2008).
D.C. Cir. R. Kennedy
02/09/10 Attorney General of Virginia, et al. v. FERC pdf
Nos. 09-2052, et al.

Approval of special surcharge to recover Dominion Virginia Power's share of RTO start-up and administrative costs.  Virginia Electric and Power Co., 125 FERC ¶ 61,391 (2008), order on reh'g, 128 FERC ¶ 61,026 (2009).
4th Cir. L. Perry
01/27/10 Washington Gas Light Co. v. FERC pdf
No. 09-1100

Order on remand from Washington Gas Light Co. v. FERC, 532 F.3d 928 (D.C. Cir. 2008), reauthorizing expansion of Cove Point LNG's existing LNG import terminal and construction of Dominion's new downstream pipeline and storage facilities; effect on gas leaks on WGL's system.  Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP, et al., 125 FERC ¶ 61,018 (2008), order on reh'g and clar., 126 FERC ¶ 61,036 (2009).
D.C. Cir. J. Albert
01/20/10 Interstate Nat. Gas Ass'n of America v. FERC pdf
No. 09-1016

Revisions to the Commission's Part 284 regulations concerning the release of firm capacity by shippers on interstate natural gas pipelines in order to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the secondary capacity release market.  Promotion of a More Efficient Capacity Release Market, Order No. 712, 73 Fed. Reg. 37058, FERC Stats. & Regs. ¶ 31,271, 123 FERC ¶ 61,286 (2008), order on reh'g & compl., Order No. 712-A, 125 FERC ¶ 61,216 (2008).
D.C. Cir. L. Perry
01/04/10 Missouri Public Service Comm'n v. FERC pdf
No. 09-1121

Abandonment and certificate authorizations to certain natural gas pipelines reorganizing into a single FERC-regulated interstate natural gas company; ratemaking issues.  Missouri Interstate Gas, LLC, et al.,119 FERC ¶ 61,074 (2007), order on reh'g & compl., 122 FERC ¶ 61,136 (2008), reh'g denied, 127 FERC ¶ 61,011 (2009).
D.C. Cir. H. Cafer
01/04/10 Resolute Natural Resources Co. v. FERC pdf            
No. 08-1268

Acceptance of Western's tariffs establishing rates and rules governing south to north interstate movement of crude petroleum from points in New Mexico and Texas to certain points in New Mexico, effective 3/10/08.  Western Refining Pipeline Co., 122 FERC ¶ 61,210 (2008), reh'g denied, 123 FERC ¶ 61,271 (2008).