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Notices – 2015

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Issue Date Subject of Investigation Description of Alleged Misconduct Dates of Alleged Misconduct
October 23, 2015* Berkshire Power Company LLC (Berkshire) and Powerplant Management Services LLC Violation by Berkshire and Powerplant Management Services LLC of the Commissionís Anti-Manipulation Rule, 18 CFR 1c.2 (2015) by engaging in a manipulative scheme to conceal maintenance work and associated outages. Berkshire is also separately alleged to have violated Commission-approved reliability standards by failing to provide outage and available generation resources information, and to have violated Commission regulations 35.41(a) by failing to comply with various provisions of the ISO-New England (ISO-NE) Tariff and 35.41(b) by making false and misleading statements to ISO-NE regarding its maintenance work and associated outages. Beginning at least as early as January 2008 and continuing through March 2011.
September 21, 2015 Total Gas & Power, North America, Inc. (TGPNA) and individuals Therese Nguyen and Aaron Hall Violation by TGPNA, and West Desk supervisors Therese Nguyen and Aaron Hall, of section 4A of the Natural Gas Act and the Commissionís Anti-Manipulation Rule, 18 C.F.R. ß 1c.1 (2015), for devising and executing a scheme to manipulate the price of natural gas at price indexes in the southwest United States. Therese Nguyen and Aaron Hall are alleged to have each implemented the scheme and supervised and directed other traders in implementing the scheme. Between June 2009 and June 2012.
September 11, 2015 Coaltrain Energy L.P. and individuals Peter Jones, Shawn Sheehan, Robert Jones, Jeff Miller, Jack Wells, and Adam Hughes Violation by Coaltrain and the named individuals of Commission’s Anti-Manipulation Rule through Up-To Congestion transactions in PJM regional market designed to falsely appear to be spread trades but in fact aimed at collecting Marginal Loss Surplus Allocation payments.

Violation by Coaltrain of 18 C.F.R. 35.41(b) through false statements and omitting material information during FERC Office of Enforcement Staff's investigation.
June-September 2010 (violation of Anti-Manipulation Rule); October 2010–December 2012 (violation of 35 C.F.R. 35.41(b)).
July 27, 2015* Etracom LLC (Etracom) and Michael Rosenberg

Etracom LLC (Etracom) and Michael Rosenberg violated the Commissionís Anti-Manipulation Rule, 18 C.F.R. ß 1c.2, by engaging in manipulative virtual trading at the New Melones Intertie in the California Independent System Operator. May 2011
July 16, 2015* Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC

Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC violated Part 4 of the General Terms and Conditions of its FERC Gas Tariff by failing to post the notices of the auctions of its available firm capacity on  the public side of its Electronic Bulletin Board, Navigates January 1, 2010 and  April 30, 2013

* Indicates that the investigation has been resolved through settlement.  See Civil Penalty Actions for more information.