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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. National Fuel Gas Supply Corp., et al. v. FERC
    No. 17-1143 (D.C. Cir. filed 6/1/2017)
      Certificate to construct and operate the Northern Access 2016 Project, consisting of new pipeline and compression facilities in Pennsylvania and New York. National Fuel Gas Supply Corp. and Empire Pipeline, Inc., 158 FERC 61,145 PDF (2017), reh'g pending (tolling order issued).
      FERC Docket No. CP15-115

  2. Indianapolis Power & Light Co. v. FERC
    No. 17-2084 (7th Cir. filed 5/24/2017)
      Complaint whether MISO tariff properly accounts for available grid-scale battery storage devices. Indianapolis Power & Light Co. v. Midcontinent Indep. Transm. Sys. Oper., Inc., 158 FERC 61,107 PDF (2017), reh'g pending (tolling order issued).
      FERC Docket No. EL17-8

  3. Town of Weymouth, Mass. and Fore River Residents, et al. v. FERC
    No. 17-1135, et al. (D.C. Cir. filed 5/24/2017 and later
      Certificate to construct and operate the Atlantic Bridge Project, consisting of new pipeline and compression facilities in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Algonquin Gas Transmission and Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, 158 FERC 61,061 PDF (2017), reh'g pending (tolling order issued).
      FERC Docket No. CP16-9

  4. Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et al. v. FERC
    No. 17-5084 (D.C. Cir. filed 4/24/2017)
      Appeal of Mar. 22, 2017 district court dismissal of Riverkeeper complaint, challenging funding of natural gas pipeline reviews and fairness of certificate process, for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et al. v. FERC, D.D.C. 1:16-cv-00416 (J. Chutkin).
      [no FERC docket]

  5. NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, et al. v. FERC
    No. 17-1110 (D.C. Cir. filed 4/3/2017)
      Revisions to New England Forward Capacity Market, including system-wide sloped demand curve and exemption for certain renewable resources from minimum offer price rule. ISO New England, Inc. and New England Power Pool Participants Comm., 147 FERC 61,173 PDF (2014), order on rehg & clar., 150 FERC 61,065 PDF (2015), order on remand, 155 FERC 61,023 PDF (2016), order on rehg, 158 FERC 61,138 PDF (2017).
      FERC Docket No. ER14-1639

  6. New Jersey Bd. of Pub. Utils., et al. v. FERC
    Nos. 17-1101, et al. (D.C. Cir. filed 3/31/2017)
      Tariff provisions relating to the allocation of Auction Revenue Rights and Financial Transmission Rights. PJM Interconnection, L.L.C., 156 FERC 61,180 PDF (2016), order on rehg & compl., 158 FERC 61,093 PDF (2017).
      FERC Docket No. EL16-6, et al.

  7. Allegheny Defense Project, et al. v. FERC
    No. 17-1098 (D.C. Cir. filed 3/23/2017)
      Certificate authorizing construction and operation of Atlantic Sunrise Project in mid-Atlantic and southern states. Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co., LLC, 158 FERC 61,125 PDF (2017), rehg pending [tolling order issued]
      FERC Docket No. CP15-138

  8. MPS Merchant Services, Inc. and Shell Energy N.A. (US), L.P. v. FERC
    Nos. 17-70850 and 17-70881 (9th Cir. filed 3/23/2017)
      California refund proceeding orders, directing remaining non-settling sellers to disgorge excess amounts they received for all sales during all hours of the summer 2000 refund period, when market prices were inflated by tariff violations by sellers. San Diego Gas & Electric Co. v. Sellers of Energy, et al., Op. No. 536, 149 FERC 61,116 PDF (2014), on rehg, Op. No. 536-A, 153 FERC 61,144 PDF (2015), on rehg, 154 FERC 61,063 DOC (2016), on rehg, 158 FERC 61,076 PDF (2017).
      FERC Docket No. EL00-95, et al.

  9. Saguaro Power Co. v. FERC
    No. 17-1050 (D.C. Cir. filed 2/10/2017)
      Partial waiver of operating and efficiency standards for qualifying cogeneration facility under PURPA regulations; finding that Power Purchase Agreement continues to govern rates. Saguaro Power Co., 156 FERC 61,247 PDF (2016), rehg denied, 157 FERC 61,203 PDF (2016).
      FERC Docket No. EL16-78, et al.

  10. Old Dominion Elec. Coop. and Dominion Resources Servs. v. FERC
    No. 17-1040 and 17-1041 (D.C. Cir. filed 2/6/2017)
      Allocation of cost responsibility for PJM transmission expansions and upgrades. PJM Interconnection, L.L.C., 154 FERC 61,096 PDF and 61,097 PDF (2016), order on rehg and compl., 157 FERC 61,191 PDF and 61,192 PDF (2016).
      FERC Docket No. ER15-1344, et al.

  11. Townships of Bordentown and Chesterfield, New Jersey v. FERC
    No. 17-1047 (3rd Cir. filed 1/6/2017)
      Order authorizing Transco to construct Garden State Expansion Project (compressor, stations, and appurtenant facilities) in New Jersey. Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co., LLC, 155 FERC 61,016 PDF (2016), rehg denied, 157 FERC 61,095 PDF (2016).
      FERC Docket No. CP15-89

  12. Maine Council of the Atlantic Salmon Federation, et al. v. FERC
    No. 17-1003 (D.C. Cir. filed 1/4/2017)
      Order amending licenses for three hydroelectric projects on the Kennebec River in Maine, to require protection plans for endangered Atlantic salmon and sturgeon. Merimil Limited Partnership and Brookfield White Pine Hydro, LLC, 155 FERC 61,185 PDF (2016), rehg dismissed, 157 FERC 61,089 PDF (2016).
      FERC Docket No. P-2574, et al.

  13. Big Bend Conservation Alliance v. FERC
    No. 17-1002 (D.C. Cir. filed 1/3/2017)
      Order authorizing Trans-Pecos Pipeline to site, construct, and operate a border-crossing facility (Presidio Border Crossing Project) for the import and export of natural gas at the international boundary between the US and Mexico. Trans-Pecos Pipeline, LLC, 155 FERC 61,140 PDF (2016), order on rehg, 157 FERC 61,081 PDF (2016).
      FERC Docket No. CP15-500

  14. MISO Transmission Owners v. FERC
    No. 16-1449 (D.C. Cir. filed 12/27/2016)
      Compliance filings by PJM, MISO, PJM Transmission Owners, and MISO Transmission Owners, concerning interregional transmission coordination and cost planning requirements of Order No. 1000. PJM Interconn., L.L.C., et al., 149 FERC 61,250 DOC (2014), order on rehg and compl., 155 FERC 61,008 DOC (2016), order on rehg and compl.,
      157 FERC 61,065 PDF (2016).
      FERC Docket No. ER13-1944, et al.

  15. San Diego Gas & Electric Co. v. FERC
    No. 16-1433 (D.C. Cir. filed 12/23/2016)
      Recovery of development and construction costs associated with transmission upgrade (SOCRE project), if abandoned or cancelled for reasons beyond SDG&Es control. San Diego Gas & Electric Co., 154 FERC 61,158 PDF (2016), rehg denied, 157 FERC 61,056 PDF (2016).
      FERC Docket No. EL15-103