Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal Permitting Processes

This process includes consulting with stakeholders, identifying security, safety and environmental issues through scoping, and preparing environmental documents such as Environmental Assessments or Environmental Impact Statements. Applicants can choose the Pre-Filing process or the Traditional Process. Read More

Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal proposals filed with FERC must use the Pre-Filing Environmental Review Process. Applicants are encouraged to explore alternative projects with affected communities that would reduce environmental adverse effects and promote security and safety.

Pre-Filing Environmental Review Process


Natural Gas Pipeline & Storage Permitting Processes

This process includes consulting with stakeholders, identifying environmental issues through scoping, and preparing environmental documents such as Environmental Assessments or Environmental Impact Statements. Large projects may also include a preliminary determination based on non-environmental considerations. Certificates are issued by Commission order.

Intervene

Deciding whether to intervene in a proceeding. View Schematic

Rulemaking Process:

FERC's proposed regulations are developed through the rulemaking process. A petition for a rulemaking can arise from the energy industry, specific companies, stakeholders and the public. There are four major parts of the process:

  1. Petition for Rulemaking
  2. Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
  3. Notice of Final Rulemaking
  4. Rehearing of Rulemaking 


Hydropower Licensing Processes

Hydropower licensing processes include consulting with stakeholders, identifying environmental issues through scoping, and preparing environmental documents such as Environmental Assessments or Environmental Impact Statements. Licenses are issued by Commission order.

Hydrokinetic Projects

FERC's process for projects that generate electricity from waves or directly from the flow of water in ocean currents, tides, or inland waterways.

Proposed Licensing Process for Hydrokinetic Pilot Projects graphic.

 

Enforcement

The Enforcement area has several major processes from how they conduct an audit to how civil penalty are assessed.


Administrative Hearings Process

Administrative hearings are held to resolve contested proceedings, such as appeals of Commission orders or complaints. Rate cases are set for hearing if proposed rates, terms and conditions have not been shown to be just and reasonable, and may be unjust, unreasonable, unduly discriminatory, or otherwise unlawful.

There are four major types of hearing processes:

  1. Commission Concurrently Sets Case for Hearing and Settlement Procedures
  2. Commission Establishes Hearing Without Settlement Procedure
  3. Commission Establishes Settlement Judge - Mediation Procedures Only
  4. Cases Referred to by FERC's Dispute Resolution Service or Parties Request Settlement Judge

 

This page was last updated on June 19, 2020