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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. Allegheny Defense Project, et al. v. FERC
    No. 18-1031 (D.C. Cir. filed 1/29/2018)
      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 pending.
      FERC Docket No. CP15-88


  2. Appalachian Voices, et al. v. FERC
    No. 18-1114 (4th Cir. filed 1/29/2018)
      Order authorizing construction and operation of 604 miles of new interstate pipeline and related facilities, extending from West Virginia to Virginia and North Carolina. Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC, 161 FERC ¶ 61,042 PDF (2017), reh’g pending.
      FERC Docket No. CP15-554


  3. Rover Pipeline LLC v. FERC
    No. 18-1032 (D.C. Cir. filed 1/29/2018)
      Order authorizing construction and operation of 510 miles of new interstate pipeline and related facilities, extending from Appalachian supply area to Livingston County, Michigan; denial of request for blanket certificate to perform certain activities in light of intentional demolition of property eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Rover Pipeline LLC, 158 FERC ¶ 61,109 PDF (2017), order on clar. & reh’g, 161 FERC ¶ 61,244 PDF (2017).
      FERC Docket No. CP15-93, et al.


  4. North Carolina Utils. Commission v. FERC
    Nos. 18-1018, 18-1019, and 18-1020 (D.C. Cir. filed 1/19/2018)


  5. Xcel Energy Services Inc. v. FERC
    No. 18-1005 (D.C. Cir. filed 1/5/2018)
      Order granting SPP a waiver of various tariff provisions to allow SPP to implement previously-approved revenue crediting procedures relating to network upgrades. Southwest Power Pool, Inc., 156 FERC ¶ 61,020 PDF (2016), reh’g denied, 161 FERC ¶ 61,144 PDF (2017).
      FERC Docket No. ER16-1341


  6. Exelon Corp. v. FERC
    No. 17-1275 (D.C. Cir. filed 12/28/2017)
      Revisions to ISO-NE tariff that revise the Forward Capacity Market rules to provide a means for capacity suppliers to price the potential retirement of existing resources and to address the potential exercise of market power associated with the retirement of existing resources. ISO New England, Inc., 155 FERC ¶ 61,029 PDF (2016), order on reh’g & compl., 161 FERC ¶ 61,115 PDF (2017).
      FERC Docket No. ER16-551


  7. Appalachian Voices, et al. v. FERC
    No. 17-1271 and 18-1002 (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), reh’g pending.
      FERC Docket No. CP16-13


  8. Coalition to Reroute Nexus, et al. v. FERC
    No. 17-4302 and 17-4308 (6th Cir. filed 12/21/2017)
      Conditional certificate authorizing construction and operation of the NEXUS pipeline project in Ohio. NEXUS Gas Transmission, LLC, 160 FERC ¶ 61,022 PDF (2017), reh’g pending.
      FERC Docket No. CP16-22, et al.


  9. Merricourt Power Partners v. FERC
    No. 17-1267 (D.C. Cir. filed 12/18/2017)
      Acceptance of termination of Generator Interconnection Agreement, between wind generator in ND (Merricourt), Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., and MISO. Midcontinent Indep. Sys. Operator, Inc., 154 FERC ¶ 61,172 PDF (2016), reh’g denied, 161 FERC ¶ 61,077 PDF (2017).
      FERC Docket No. ER16-471


  10. Northern Virginia Elec. Coop., et al. v. FERC
    Nos. 17-1262 and 17-1265 (D.C. Cir. filed 12/15/2017)
      Allocation of costs of undergrounding three VEPCO transmission projects. Old Dominion Elec. Coop., et al. v. Virginia Elec. and Power Co., 146 FERC ¶ 61,200 PDF (2014), reh’g denied, 161 FERC ¶ 61,055 PDF (2017).
      FERC Docket No. EL10-49


  11. Arizona Public Service Co. v. FERC
    No. 17-73244 (9th Cir. filed 12/4/2017)
      Order accepting APS notice of cancelation, rejecting APS proposal to pay SoCal Edison a negotiated reimbursement to be recovered in rates, and directing APS to file a 2015 expiration agreement. Arizona Pub. Serv. Co., 156 FERC ¶ 61,006 PDF (2016), order on reh’g & clar., 161 FERC ¶ 61,022 PDF (2017).
      FERC Docket No. ER16-1342


  12. New York State DEC and Protect Orange County v. FERC
    No. 17-3770 and 17-3966 (2nd Cir. filed 11/28/2017 and later)


  13. Entergy Services, Inc. v. FERC
    No. 17-1251, et al. (D.C. Cir. filed 11/21/2017 and later)
      Calculation of refunds as a result of Entergy’s violation of the System Agreement through improper allocation of energy used to source Entergy Arkansas’s off-system sales of energy. Louisiana Pub. Serv. Comm’n v. Entergy Corp.,, Op. No. 521, 139 FERC ¶ 61,240 DOC (2012), order on reh’g, 155 FERC ¶ 61,064 PDF (2016), order on reh’g, 160 FERC ¶ 61,109 PDF (2017); Op. No. 548, 155 FERC ¶ 61,065 PDF (2016) reh’g denied, 161 FERC ¶ 61,171 PDF (2017).
      FERC Docket No. EL09-61


  14. Sacramento Mun. Util. Dist., et al. v. FERC
    No. 17-73165 (9th Cir. filed 11/21/2017)
      Interim approval of proposed Bonneville rates for transmission service on the Southern Intertie. Bonneville Power Admin., 160 FERC ¶ 61,113 PDF (2017).
      FERC Docket No. EF17-4


  15. State of North Carolina v. FERC
    No. 17-1243 (D.C. Cir. filed 11/16/2017)
      New license for continued operation and maintenance of the Yadkin Project on the Yadkin River in North Carolina; transfer of new license. Alcoa Power Generating Inc. and Cube Yadkin Generation LLC, 156 FERC ¶ 62,210 PDF (2016), order on reh’g, 160 FERC ¶ 61,097 PDF (2017). order on reh’g, 160 FERC ¶ 61,098 PDF (2017).
      FERC Docket No. P-2197


  16. Sunland Estate Homeowners Ass’n v. FERC
    No. 17-73060 (9th Cir. filed 11/7/2017)
      Revision of project boundary to include property owned by licensee within a residential development. Pub. Util. District No. 2 of Grant County, Wash., 158 FERC ¶ 61,036 PDF (2017), reh’g denied, 160 FERC ¶ 61,096 PDF (2017).
      FERC Docket No. P-2114


  17. Adorers of the Blood of Christ, et al. v. FERC
    No. 17-3163 (3rd Cir. filed 10/2/2017)
      Appeal of Sept. 28, 2017 dismissal by federal district court (E.D. Pa. No. 5:17-cv-03163 (Judge Schmehl)) of challenge by landowners who allege that the proposed Atlantic Sunrise pipeline will adversely affect their religious freedom. Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co., 158 FERC ¶ 61,125 PDF (2017), reh'g pending.
      FERC Docket No. CP15-138