What is FERC?

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil.  FERC also reviews proposals to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals and interstate natural gas pipelines, as well as licensing hydropower projects.  

FERC’s Mission:

Economically Efficient, Safe, Reliable and Secure Energy for Consumers



What We Do: 

FERC Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) resolve contested cases as directed by the Commission, and serve as either a Presiding Judge or Settlement Judge in each case.

  • As Presiding Judge, the ALJ conducts an on-the-record hearing,  issues orders, develops the administrative record, as well as resolves discovery and evidentiary disputes.  After the hearing, the ALJ will issue an Initial Decision, and the Commission will then issue a final order for the proceeding. 
  • As Settlement Judge, the ALJ assists the participants by facilitating and mediating a negotiated resolution by settlement.

Each ALJ will typically carry a caseload of multiple settlement and hearing cases that concern wholesale electric transmission, natural gas pipeline or oil pipeline rates.

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This page was last updated on October 14, 2022