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Many Commission decisions are challenged or enforced in the Federal courts. The Office of the Solicitor, OGC, has independent authority to defend the Commission in court, typically the U.S. Courts of Appeals, unless the matter goes to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The defense normally entails preparing motions and briefs and presenting oral arguments before three-judge panels. It may also involve responding to petitions for writ of mandamus and requests to stay the underlying Commission action. At times, the Office files briefs as a "friend of the court," and in certain limited circumstances also defends the Commission or enforces its initiatives in the U.S. district courts.

  1. Accokeek, Mattawoman, Piscataway Creeks Communities Council, et al. v. FERC
    No. 18-1283 (D.C. Cir. filed 10/9/2018)
      Order authorizing Dominion Energy Cove Point to construct and operate natural gas compression facilities in Maryland and Virginia (Eastern Market Access Project).  Dominion Energy Cove Point LNG, LP, 162 FERC ¶ 61,056 PDF (2018), reh’g denied, 164 FERC ¶ 61,102 PDF (2018). 
      FERC Docket No. CP17-15


  2. Allegheny Defense Project, et al. v. FERC
    No. 18-1265 (D.C. Cir. filed 9/25/2018)
      Order authorizing abandonment, construction, and operation of pipeline and compression facilities, the Tennessee Abandonment and Capacity Restoration Project, in various states.  Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., L.L.C., 160 FERC ¶ 61,144
      PDF (2017), reh’g denied, 164 FERC ¶ 61,062 PDF (2018). 
      FERC Docket No. CP15-88


  3. Buckeye Pipe Line Co., L.P. v. FERC and United States of America
    No. 18-1253 (D.C. Cir. filed 9/17/2018)
      Rates charged by Buckeye for interstate transportation of refined petroleum products to destinations in the Pittsburg and Harrisburg, PA markets; Buckeye’s market-based rate authority.  Guttman Energy, Inc. and PBF Holding Co., LLC v. Buckeye Pipe Line Co., L.P. and Laurel Pipe Line Co., L.P., Opinion No. 558, 161 FERC ¶ 61,180 DOC (2017), order on reh’g, 164 FERC ¶ 61,025 PDF (2018).
      FERC Docket No. OR14-4


  4. Constitution Pipeline Co., LLC v. FERC
    No. 18-1251 (D.C. Cir. filed 9/14/2018)
      Denial of waiver of Clean Water Act authority; finding that New York DEC acted in a timely manner, following Constitution’s withdrawal and resubmittal of its CWA application, in denying CWA permit.  Constitution Pipeline Co., LLC, 162 FERC ¶ 61,014 PDF (2018), reh’g denied, 164 FERC ¶ 61,029 PDF (2018).
      FERC Docket No. CP18-5


  5. Enable Mississippi River Transmission, et al. and SFPP, L.P. v. FERC
    Nos. 18-1252 and 18-1254 (D.C. Cir. filed 9/14/2018 and later)
      Policy Statement on treatment of income taxes; guidance on treatment of Accumulated Deferred Income Taxes (ADIT) where the income tax allowance is eliminated from cost-of-service rates.  Inquiry Regarding the Commission’s Policy for Recovery of Income Tax Costs, 162 FERC ¶ 61,227 PDF (2018), order on reh’g, 164 FERC ¶ 61,030 PDF (2018). 
      FERC Docket No. PL17-1


  6. City of Oberlin, Ohio and Coalition to Reroute NEXUS v. FERC
    Nos. 18-1248 and 18-1261 (D.C. Cir. filed 9/11/2018 and later)
      Conditional certificate authorizing construction and operation of NEXUS pipeline project in Ohio and Michigan.  NEXUS Gas Transmission LLC, et al., 160 FERC ¶ 61,022 PDF (2017), order on reh’g, 164 FERC ¶ 61,054 PDF (2018).
      FERC Docket No. CP16-22, et al.


  7. El Paso Electric Co. v. FERC
    No. 18-60575 (5th Cir. filed 8/17/2018)
      Order on remand from El Paso Elec. Co. v. FERC, 832 F.3d 495 (5th Cir. 2016); filing, by members of WestConnect, in compliance with transmission planning and cost allocation requirements of Order No. 1000; responsibilities of public and non-public utility transmission owners.  Pub. Serv. Co. of Colorado, et al., order on remand, 161 FERC ¶ 61,188 PDF (2017), reh’g denied, 163 FERC ¶ 61,204 PDF (2018).
      FERC Docket No. ER13-75, et al.


  8. Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC. v. FERC; Appalachian Voices, et al. v. FERC
    No. 18-1224; No. 18-1956 (D.C. Cir. and 4th Cir. filed 8/16/2018 and later)
      Conditional certificate authorizing construction and operation of Atlantic Coast Pipeline in West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina.  Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC, 161 FERC ¶ 61,042 PDF (2017), order on reh’g, 164 FERC ¶ 61,100 PDF (2018). 
      FERC Docket No. CP15-554, et al.


  9. Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et al. v. FERC
    Nos. 18-1128, et al. (D.C. Cir. filed 8/13/2018 and later)
      Conditional certificate authorizing construction and operation of PennEast Pipeline in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  PennEast Pipeline Co., LLC, 162 FERC ¶ 61,053 PDF (2018), order on reh’g, 164 FERC ¶ 61,098 PDF (2018). 
      FERC Docket No. CP15-558


  10. Lori Birckhead, et al. v. FERC
    No. 18-1218 (D.C. Cir. filed 8/8/2018)
      Order authorizing construction and operation of gas compression facilities in Kentucky, Tennessee, and W. Virginia, referred to as the Broad Run Expansion Project.  Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., L.L.C., 156 FERC ¶ 61,157 PDF (2016), reh’g denied, 163 FERC ¶ 61,190 PDF (2018).
      FERC Docket No. CP15-77


  11. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. v. FERC
    No. 18-1207 (D.C. Cir. filed 8/2/2018)
      Declaratory order on request for certain transmission rate incentives for eight transmission projects; project risks and challenges; prospective application of abandoned plant incentive.  Pacific Gas and Elec. Co., 160 FERC ¶ 61,018 PDF (2017), order on reh’g, 163 FERC ¶ 61,187 PDF (2018). 
      FERC Docket No. EL16-47


  12. Southern California Edison Co. v. FERC
    No. 18-1193 (D.C. Cir. filed 7/19/2018)
      Declaratory order on request for certain transmission rate incentives for three transmission projects; future recovery of prudently-incurred costs limited to those expended after the date of the order.  Southern California Edison Co., 161 FERC ¶ 61,107 PDF (2017), reh'g denied, 163 FERC ¶ 61,137 PDF (2018).
      FERC Docket No. EL17-63


  13. Otsego 2000, et al. v. FERC
    No. 18-1188 (D.C. Cir. filed 7/16/2018)
      Order authorizing construction and operation of certain compression and related natural gas facilities (the New Market Project) in various counties within New York.  Dominion Transmission, Inc., 155 FERC ¶ 61,106 PDF (2016), reh’g denied, 163 FERC ¶ 61,128 PDF (2018). 
      FERC Docket No. CP14-497


  14. El Paso Natural Gas Co. v. FERC
    No. 18-1183 (D.C. Cir. filed 7/2/2018)
      Orders, following hearing and ALJ decision, on various ratemaking issues in El Paso general rate case.  El Paso Natural Gas Co., Op. No. 528, 145 FERC ¶ 61,040 PDF (2013), order on reh’g and compl., 154 FERC ¶ 61,120 DOC (2016), order on compl. and reh’g, 163 FERC ¶ 61,079 PDF (2018). 
      FERC Docket No. RP10-1398


  15. Buckeye Pipe Line Co. v. FERC and United States of America
    No. 18-1179 (D.C. Cir. filed 6/29/2018)
      Revised rates charged by Buckeye, following revocation of market-based rate authority, for the transportation of refined petroleum products on its Eastern and Midwest Products Systems.  Buckeye Pipe Line Co., L.P., 163 FERC ¶ 61,066 PDF (2018), reh’g pending.
      FERC Docket No. IS18-228, et al.


  16. Missouri River Energy Services v. FERC
    No. 18-1166 (D.C. Cir. filed 6/18/2018)
      Finding that Missouri River, Basin Electric, and Heartland are not eligible for an exemption from congestion charges and marginal losses (carve-out treatment) under the Southwest Power Pool open access tariff.  Southwest Power Pool, Inc., 160 FERC ¶ 61,115 PDF (2017), reh’g denied, 163 FERC ¶ 61,063 PDF (2018).
      FERC Docket No. ER14-2850, et al.


  17. Indianapolis Power & Light Co. v. FERC
    No. 18-2104 (7th Cir. filed 5/17/2018)
      Complaint whether MISO tariff properly accounts for available grid-scale battery storage devices; issues concerning compensation, dispatch, and participation.  Indianapolis Power & Light Co. v. Midcontinent Indep. Transm. Sys. Oper., Inc., 158 FERC ¶ 61,107 PDF (2017), order on reh'g & compl., 162 FERC ¶ 61,266 PDF (2018).
      FERC Docket No. EL17-8, et al.


  18. Underground Services Markham, LLC v. FERC
    No. 18-1142 (D.C. Cir. filed 5/16/2018)
      Order granting in part request to reduce the amount of certificated working gas and base gas capacity at storage facility.  Tres Palacios Gas Storage LLC, 160 FERC ¶ 61,107 PDF (2017), reh’g & clar. denied, 162 FERC ¶ 61,255 PDF (2018).
      FERC Docket No. CP16-145


  19. Bold Alliance and Bold Education Fund v. FERC
    No. 18-1533 (4th Cir. filed 5/11/2018)
      Staff Notices to Proceed with construction of certain facilities associated with the Mountain Valley Pipeline in West Virginia and Virginia.  Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC, 163 FERC ¶ 61,099 PDF (2017).
      FERC Docket No. CP16-10


  20. SFPP, L.P. v. FERC and United States of America
    Nos. 18-1131, 18-1132 and 18-1133 (D.C. Cir. filed 5/11/2018)


  21. Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office v. FERC
    No. 18-1069 (D.C. Cir. filed 5/5/2018)
      Certificate authorizing construction and operation of Tennessee’s Connecticut Expansion Project in New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut; denial of late intervention.  Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., 162 FERC ¶ 61,013 PDF (2018) (and earlier 4/12/17 notice to proceed), reh’g pending.
      FERC Docket No. CP14-529


  22. Southwest Airlines Co., et al. v. FERC and United States of America
    Nos. 18-1134, 18-1136, 18-1137 and 18-1138 (D.C. Cir. filed 5/4/2018)
      Orders on complaints by shippers concerning index rate increases for certain SFPP lines.  HollyFrontier Refining & Marketing LLC, et al. v. SFPP, L.P., 149 FERC ¶ 61,097 PDF (2014), on reh’g, 157 FERC ¶ 61,186 PDF (2016), on reh’g, 162 FERC ¶ 61,232 PDF (2018).
      FERC Docket No. OR14-35, et al.


  23. Delaware Riverkeeper v. FERC
    No. 18-1108 (D.C. Cir. filed 4/24/2018)
      Order authorizing construction and operation of pipeline facilities (the Orion Project) in Pennsylvania.  Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., L.L.C., 158 FERC ¶ 61,110 PDF (2017), reh’g denied, 162 FERC ¶ 61,167 PDF (2018).
      FERC Docket No. CP16-4


  24. Petro Star Inc. v. FERC and United States of America
    No. 18-1104 (D.C. Cir. filed 4/20/2018)
      Order on remand, concerning whether existing Quality Bank formula properly values Resid cut of commingled crude oil transported by the Trans Alaska Pipeline System; continued finding that Petro Star has failed to demonstrate that existing valuation method is no longer j+r.  BP Pipelines (Alaska) Inc., et al., 162 FERC ¶ 61,147 PDF (2018).
      FERC Docket No. OR14-6


  25. Alliance Pipeline L.P. v. FERC
    No. 18-1101 (D.C. Cir. filed 4/16/2018)
      Order approving contested settlement on rate and other issues, but severing gas processing issue and remanding to ALJ for hearing.  Alliance Pipeline L.P., 157 FERC ¶ 61,204 PDF (2016), reh’g denied, 162 FERC ¶ 61,114 PDF (2018). 
      FERC Docket No. RP15-1022, et al.


  26. Boyce Hydro Power, LLC v. FERC
    No. 18-1097 (D.C. Cir. filed 4/11/2018)
      Order requiring hydro licensee to cease generating power at the 4.8 MW Edenville Project in Michigan, in light of non-compliance with license obligations.  Boyce Hydro Power, LLC, 161 FERC ¶ 62,119 PDF (2017), reh’g denied, 162 FERC ¶ 61,116 PDF (2018). 
      FERC Docket No. P-10808


  27. INEOS USA LLC v. FERC and United States of America
    Nos. 18-1081 and 18-1200 (D.C. Cir. filed 3/19/2018 and later)
      Orders on tariff revisions; finding that certain revisions are outside FERC jurisdiction (abandonments of service) or do not raise material issues of fact requiring suspension or hearing.  Leveret Pipeline Co. and Mid-America Pipeline Co., 160 FERC ¶ 62,020 PDF (2017), order on tariff filings and denying reh’g, 162 FERC ¶ 61,038 PDF (2018), reh’g denied, 163 FERC ¶ 61,180 PDF (2018). 
      FERC Docket No. IS17-498, et al.


  28. American Whitewater, et al. v. FERC    
    No. 18-70765 (9th Cir. filed 3/16/2018)
      Order granting 2-year stay of construction deadline for Enloe Hydro Project; denial of late intervention.  Pub. Util. District No. 1 of Okanogan County, Wash., 160 FERC ¶ 61,094 PDF (2017), reh’g denied, 162 FERC ¶ 61,040 PDF (2018).
      FERC Docket No. P-12569


  29. Homeowners Against Land Takings – PennEast, Inc. v. FERC
    No. 18-1079 (D.C. Cir. filed 3/16/2018)
      Conditional certificate authorizing construction and operation of the PennEast pipeline in PA and NJ.  PennEast Pipeline Co., LLC, 162 FERC ¶ 61,053 PDF (2018), reh’g pending.    
      FERC Docket No. CP15-558


  30. Emera Maine, et al. v. FERC
    No. 18-1077 (D.C. Cir. filed 3/15/2018)
      Order setting for hearing complaint that New England transmission owner base return on equity and cap on ROE incentives have become unjust and unreasonable and should be reduced.  Belmont Mun. Light Dept., et al. v. Cent. Me. Power Co., et al., 156 FERC ¶ 61,198 PDF (2016), reh’g denied, 162 FERC ¶ 61,035 PDF (2018). 
      FERC Docket No. EL16-64


  31. Dominion Resources Servs., Inc., et al. v. FERC
    No. 18-1073 (D.C. Cir. filed 3/9/2018)
      Allocation of costs of new PJM baseline transmission upgrades.  PJM Interconnection, L.L.C., 159 FERC ¶ 62,236 PDF (2017), order on reh’g and report, 162 FERC ¶ 61,046 PDF (2018). 
      FERC Docket No. ER17-1236


  32. Idaho Power Co. v. FERC
    No. 18-1046 (D.C. Cir. filed 2/16/2018)
      Order dismissing petition for a declaratory order, finding no current conflict of law justifying preempting Oregon’s fish passage requirements with respect to Idaho Power’s Hells Canyon hydroelectric project.  Idaho Power Co., 158 FERC ¶ 61,048 PDF (2017), order on reh’g & clar., 161 FERC ¶ 61,284 PDF (2017). 
      FERC Docket No. P-1971


  33. Loup River Public Power District v. FERC
    No. 18-1335 (8th Cir. filed 2/16/2018)
      New license for the 50.937 MW Loup River hydroelectric project in Nance and Platte Counties, Nebraska; effect of the project on water quality, aquatic habitat, and endangered species.  Loup River Pub. Power Dist., 159 FERC ¶ 62,198 PDF (2017), reh’g denied, 161 FERC ¶ 61,292 PDF (2017). 
      FERC Docket No. P-1256


  34. Appalachian Voices, et al. v. FERC
    Nos. 17-1271, et al. (D.C. Cir. filed 12/22/2017 and later)
      Conditional certificate authorizing construction and operation of Mountain Valley Pipeline in West Virginia and Virginia.  Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC, 161 FERC ¶ 61,043 PDF (2017), order on reh’g, 163 FERC ¶ 61,197 PDF (2018). 
      FERC Docket No. CP16-13


  35. Old Dominion Electric Co. and N. Virginia Elec. Coop. v. FERC
    Nos. 17-1262, et al. (D.C. Cir. filed 12/15/2017 and later)
      Calculation of incremental costs related to placing three transmission lines underground in Virginia; allocation of incremental costs to wholesale transmission customers outside of Virginia.  Old Dominion Elec. Coop. v. Virginia Elec. and Power Co., Opinion No. 555, 161 FERC ¶ 61,054 DOC (2017), order on reh’g & compl., 164 FERC ¶ 61,006 PDF (2018).
      FERC Docket No. EL10-49