Order No. 860

July 18, 2019

Docket No. RM16-17-000

The Commission issued Order No. 860 on July 18, 2019, which amended the Commission's market-based rate regulations at 18 C.F.R. section 35, subpart H, effective October 1, 2020. Order No. 860 provides that the Commission will begin collecting certain market-based rate information through a relational database, including: certain upstream ownership information, asset appendix information (including a new requirement to report long-term firm purchases) for the seller and its affiliates that do not have market-based rate authority, indicative screen information, and certain other market-based rate information. In addition, sellers will be required to update the database on a monthly basis to reflect any changes, and the change in status filing requirement is changed to a quarterly obligation. After January 31, 2021, no asset appendices or indicative screens may be submitted as attachments to filings through the eFiling system.

The Order addresses requests for rehearing and clarification and affirms its determinations in Order No. 860, which amends its regulations governing market-based rates for public utilities.

May 20, 2020

On May 20, 2020, the Secretary of the Commission issued a notice extending the effective date, and other implementation dates, of Order No. 860 by six months. The effective date of Order No. 860 is now April 1, 2021 and the deadline for baseline submissions into the MBR Database is extended to August 2, 2021. Other Order No. 860 implementation dates are extended as follows.

Activity Order No. 860 Schedule Revised, Six-month Extension Schedule
Testing period for the MBR Database Through Sept. 30, 2020 Through Mar. 31, 2021
Effective date of Order No. 860 Oct. 1, 2020 Apr. 1, 2021
“Go-live” date of MBR Database Oct. 1, 2020 Apr. 1, 2021
Sellers should create needed identifiers (FERC Generated IDs and Asset IDs) in the MBR Portal and prepare their baseline submissions Oct. 1, 2020 – Dec. 31, 2020 Apr. 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021
Baseline submissions are due By Feb. 1, 2021 By Aug. 2, 2021
First change in status filings under new timelines are due By Feb. 28, 2021 By Aug. 31, 2021

April 24, 2020 Update

The MBR Database Test Environment is now available at the MBR Database Test Environment link below. Within this test environment, you can find the latest versions of the XML and XSD (within the “Submit MBR XML” link), the Data Dictionary and Frequently Asked Questions (within the “Useful Documents” links), as well as additional resources. The MBR Database Test Environment and these documents are updated frequently, so please check this page regularly.

MBR Database Test Environment

The test environment will be available to users that are eRegistered with the Commission. ERegistered users will be able to submit test XML submissions into the database, as well as create FERC generated IDs (GID) and Asset IDs. Please note that this is a test environment and that all submissions into the database – specifically XMLs and all created GIDs and Asset IDs – will not be part of the official record and will be cleared from the database before it officially goes live. The Commission will issue a notice prior to clearing the database, shortly before the database goes live. Further, as indicated in the final rule, the Commission intends to add features to this test environment periodically until complete. Interested parties should monitor this webpage to obtain notice of these new features.

This page was last updated on August 11, 2020