Below are links to various legal resources at FERC: statutes, orders and regulations, administrative litigation, court cases, staff reports, and memoranda of understanding (MOU). You also will find links to filing FOIA and CEII requests and information about the No FEAR Act.

Some matters before the Commission are set for hearing before Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) and FERC Trial Staff. The ALJ will issue an Initial Decision and the Commission will issue a final order for the proceeding. Appeals of Commission orders and regulations are heard in Federal Courts. FERC also facilitates settlements as an alternative to litigation.

Federal Statutes

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Major Orders & Regulations

FERC regulations implement laws passed by Congress, which enable the Commission to do business. 

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Administrative Litigation

Contested proceedings and some appeals that are set for hearing before an ALJ. FERC trial staff represents the public interest. The Chief Judge assigns the ALJ for specific hearings and active cases. 

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Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

The Commission facilitates settlements through its Dispute Resolution Service. Administrative Law Judges may also serve as settlement judges and certify settlements. 

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Court Cases

Some of the Commission decisions are reviewed in U.S. Courts of Appeals as well as in the Supreme Court.

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Complaints

Individuals and organizations may also file formal complaints with the Commission. These complaints deal with a variety of matters under the FERC's jurisdiction. 

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Memorandum of Understandings (MOU)

These are agreements between FERC and other State, Federal or International agencies to assist or share experiences. 

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FOIA & CEII

FERC is protecting energy facilities by restricting public access to Critical Energy Infrastructure Information (CEII). Members of the public may obtain nonpublic or privileged information by submitting a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

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No Fear Act

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's reporting page for the Notification of Federal Employee Antidiscrimination Retaliation Act of 2002 (No Fear Act), Public Law 207-174. 

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This page was last updated on July 13, 2020