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Many Commission decisions are challenged or enforced in the Federal courts. The Office of the Solicitor, OGC, has independent authority to defend the Commission in court, typically the U.S. Courts of Appeals, unless the matter goes to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The defense normally entails preparing motions and briefs and presenting oral arguments before three-judge panels. It may also involve responding to petitions for writ of mandamus and requests to stay the underlying Commission action. At times, the Office files briefs as a "friend of the court," and in certain limited circumstances also defends the Commission or enforces its initiatives in the U.S. district courts.
- El Paso Electric Co. v. FERC
No. 14-60822 (5th Cir. filed 5/18/2015)
Filing, by members of WestConnect, in compliance with transmission planning and cost allocation requirements of Order No. 1000. 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).
FERC Docket No. ER13-75, et al.
Assigned to: Ross Fulton
Status: awaiting schedule
Sierra Club v. FERC
No. 15-1133 (D.C. Cir. filed 5/11/2015)
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).
FERC Docket No. CP12-507, et al.
EarthReports, Inc. (dba Patuxent Riverkeeper), Sierra Club, and Chesapeake Climate Action Network v. FERC
No. 15-1127 (D.C. Cir. filed 5/7/2015)
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). (Motion for court stay of FERC authorization filed June 1, 2015.)
FERC Docket No. CP13-113
Emera Maine, f/k/a Bangor Hydro-Electric Co., et al. v. FERC
Nos. 15-1118, et al. (D.C. Cir. filed 4/30/2015)
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).
FERC Docket No. EL11-66
Caithness Shepherds Flat, LLC v. FERC
Nos. 15-71211, et al. (9th Cir. filed 4/20/2015)
Approval of BPA’s proposed Oversupply Rate for displaced generation during periods of oversupply; finding that BPA’s proposed Oversupply Management Protocol, replacing its earlier Environmental Redispatch Policy, complies with earlier directive that BPA develop non-discriminatory curtailment practices. Bonneville Power Admin., 149 FERC ¶ 61,043 (2014), reh’g denied, 150 FERC ¶ 61,112 (2015); Iberdrola Renewables, Inc., et al. v. Bonneville Power Admin., 149 FERC ¶ 61,044 (2014), reh’g denied, 150 FERC ¶ 61,113 (2015).
FERC Docket No. EL11-44, et al.
- Tesoro Refining and Marketing Co., et al. v. FERC and United States of America
No. 15-1101, et al. (D.C. Cir. filed 4/17/2015 and later)
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 & compl., Opinion 511-A, 137 FERC ¶ 61,220 (2011), order on reh’g & compl., Opinion 511-B, 150 FERC ¶ 61,096 (2015).
FERC Docket No. IS08-390
- Western Refining Co., L.P., et al. v. FERC and United States of America
No. 15-1103, et al. (D.C. Cir. filed 4/17/2015 and later)
Opinion, after hearing and ALJ initial decision, addressing reasonableness of revised rates for shipment on SFPP’s East Line; various cost of service rate issues. SFPP, L.P., Opinion 522, 140 FERC ¶ 61,220 (2012), order on reh’g & compl., Opinion 522-A, 150 FERC ¶ 61,097 (2015), reh’g & compl. pending.
FERC Docket No. IS09-437
Eastern Hydroelectric Corp. v. FERC
No. 15-11667 (11th Cir. filed 4/17/2015)
Revocation of license for East Juliette Hydroelectric Project, on Ocmulgee River in East Juliette, Georgia, for Eastern Hydro’s failure to comply with terms of its license and FERC orders, for failure to comply with fishway requirements. Eastern Hydroelectric Corp., 149 FERC ¶ 61,036 (2014), reh’g denied, 150 FERC ¶ 61,099 (2015).
FERC Docket No. P-7019
New England Power Generators Ass’n v. FERC
No. 15-1071 (D.C. Cir. filed 3/31/2015)
Order on complaint, alleging that certain administrative pricing provision in ISO-NE tariff, governing operation of Forward Capacity Market, are unjust, unreasonable, and unduly discriminatory. New England Power Generators Ass’n v. ISO New England Inc., 146 FERC ¶ 61,039 (2014), order on reh’g & clar., 150 FERC ¶ 61,064 (2015).
FERC Docket No. EL14-7
- NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, et al. v. FERC
No. 15-1070 (D.C. Cir. filed 3/30/2015)
Order accepting, with conditions, revisions to ISO-NE tariff to establish a system-wide sloped demand curve and related parameters for use in Forward Capacity Market. ISO New England Inc. and New England Power Pool Participants Committee, 147 FERC ¶ 61,173 (2014), order on reh’g & clar., 150 FERC ¶ 61,065 (2015).
FERC Docket No. ER14-1639
- Transmission Agency of Northern California, et al. v. FERC
No. 15-1057 (D.C. Cir. filed 3/17/2015)
Denial of complaint, alleging an anticipatory breach of PG&E’s obligations under agreement providing for coordinated operation of high-voltage transmission line (California-Oregon Intertie). Transmission Agency of Northern California v. Pacific Gas and Electric Co., 148 FERC ¶ 61,150 (2014), reh’g denied, 150 FERC ¶ 61,133 (2015).
FERC Docket No. EL14-44
Michigan Public Service Commission, et al. v. FERC
No. 15-1049, et al. (D.C. Cir. filed 3/9/2015 and later)
Allocation of costs associated with the operation of System Support Resource generating units under MISO tariff. Public Service Commission of Wisconsin v. Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc., et al., 150 FERC ¶ 61,104 (2015) (order on reh’g and compl.), and earlier orders.
FERC Docket No. EL14-34, et al.
LSP Transmission Holdings and LSP Power Transmission v. FERC
No. 15-1316 (7th Cir. filed 2/19/2015)
Order on MISO compliance with transmission planning and cost allocation requirements of Order No. 1000 rulemaking. Midwest Independent Transmission System Op., Inc., and the MISO Transmission Owners, et al., 142 FERC ¶ 61,215 (2013), order on reh’g & compl., 147 FERC ¶ 61,127 (2014), order on reh’g & compl., 150 FERC ¶ 61,037 (2015).
FERC Docket No. ER13-187, et al.
People of the State of California, et al. v. FERC
No. 15-70511 (9th Cir. filed 2/19/2015)
Order setting for trial-type, evidentiary hearing issues on remand concerning long-term contracts, entered into between California Parties and wholesale energy suppliers (Shell Energy and Iberdrola), during 2000-2001 California energy crisis, and establishing scope of evidence that may be adduced at hearing. Pub. Utils. Comm’n of California v. Sellers of Long-Term Contracts to the California Dept. of Water Resources, et al., 149 FERC ¶ 61,127 (2014), order on reh’g & compl., 150 FERC ¶ 61,079 (2015).
FERC Docket No. EL02-60
Yampa Realty Holdings, LLC v. FERC
No. 15-9513 (10th Cir. filed 2/17/2015)
Exemption for small hydroelectric project, on Yampa River near Steamboat Springs, Colorado; consideration in Environmental Assessment of project’s noise impacts on surrounding area. Catamount Metropolitan District, 144 FERC ¶ 62,130 (2013), order on reh’g and stay, 149 FERC ¶ 61,242 (2014).
FERC Docket No. P-14368
PC Landing Corp., et al. v. FERC
Nos. 15-70331, et al. (9th Cir. filed 2/2/2015)
Issuance of license for experimental tidal energy hydroelectric project; effect on PC Landing’s submarine fiber optic telecommunications system; effect on tribal fishing rights and fish species. Pub. Util. Dist. No. 1 of Snohomish County, Wash., 146 FERC ¶ 61,197 (2014) and 147 FERC ¶ 61,215 (2014), reh'g denied, 149 FERC ¶ 61,206 (2014).
FERC Docket No. P-12690, et al.
Texas Eastern Transmission, LP v. FERC
No. 12-60892 (5th Cir. filed 1/16/2015)
Petro Star Inc. v. FERC and United States of America
No. 15-1009 (D.C. Cir. filed 1/15/2015)
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).
FERC Docket No. OR14-6