Covid 19 FERC Response


Coronavirus Covid-19 Tech Conference Message from Chairman Neil Chatterjee

I’ve directed FERC staff to plan a technical conference looking at the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on the energy industries we regulate.

The Technical Conference on Impacts of COVID-19 on the Energy Industry will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, July 8-9, 2020. Notice | Supplemental Notice | Agenda |  Event Details

As we emerge and recover from this pandemic, we must ensure the American people continue to have access to reliable and affordable energy. More details to come.


Public Message from Chairman Neil Chatterjee

FERC is taking a number of steps to protect the health and safety of our employees and the public, and to help mitigate or slow the transmission of the coronavirus within our communities. We are committed to doing our part to flatten the curve of the Novel Coronavirus disease.

During this challenging time, the health and safety of the American people and the continued reliability of the nation’s energy sector are of crucial importance. The energy industry has taken steps to protect the health and safety of its employees and the public, and to help mitigate or slow the transmission of the coronavirus within their communities. I also have directed that the Commission take steps to protect its staff and the public while ensuring continuity of operations.

All Commissioners and senior agency leaders are in close contact. We, along with the Commission’s workforce, are committed to continuing to carry out our important work and fulfilling our statutory obligations as seamlessly as possible during this time.


Coronavirus Liaison

Chairman Chatterjee has named Caroline Wozniak as the Commission’s point of contact for all industry inquiries related to impacts of the Novel Coronavirus on their FERC-jurisdictional activities.

In consultation with the Commission’s senior staff, Wozniak has formed a team of 14 technical staff representing each of the Commission’s 12 program offices. They will work with the appropriate staff at the Commission to promptly and effectively respond to all industry inquiries and to inform the Chairman of industry’s needs during this time.

Wozniak is Senior Policy Advisor in FERC’s Office of Energy Market Regulation and plays a leadership role in matters involving energy markets, tariffs and rates relating to electric, natural gas and oil pipeline facilities and services. Prior to assuming that role, she served as an advisor to former Chairman Norman C. Bay from 2015 to 2016. She joined FERC in 2008 as an analyst in the Office of Energy Policy and Innovation.

Industry stakeholders in need of information may contact the Liaison’s team at PandemicLiaison@ferc.gov.


News Releases | Media

August 20, 2020 FERC Extends Pandemic Emergency Waivers News Release

May 14, 2020 Resource Developed to Help Organizations Update Pandemic Response Plans News Release

May 12, 2020 Chairman Chatterjee Rejects Virginia Attorney General’s Call for an Immediate Moratorium on Infrastructure Projects Read More

May 8, 2020 Notice Concerning All Permitted Hard Copy Submissions News Release | Notice

May 8, 2020 FERC Update on Building Status News Release

May 8, 2020 Letter From Secretary Of Energy Dan Brouillette & FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee To Governor Of Virginia Ralph Northam Concerning How Permitting Essential Workers Within The Energy Sector To Continue Providing Safe And Efficient Energy Services Letter

May 8, 2020 FERC Provides Guidance to Oil Pipelines During COVID-19 Emergency News Release

May 7, 2020 FERC Provides Accounting Guidance to Ease Administrative Burdens; Shortens Comment Period for Federal Power Act Section 204 Filings News Release

May 4, 2020 Interview with the FERC Pandemic Liaison Podcast

April 17, 2020 Readout from FERC COVID-19 Pandemic conference call with NARUC, NASEO, NGA | Readout

April 17, 2020 FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee shares FERC's response to the COVID-19 pandemic in this remote Podcast

April 8, 2020 Readout from FERC COVID-19 Pandemic conference call with NASUCA | Readout

April 7, 2020 FERC, NARUC Support Utility Industry’s Needs for Credit Financing News Release

April 2, 2020 Coronavirus Update: FERC Acts to Prioritize Reliability, Provide Regulatory Relief News Release

April 2, 2020 Coronavirus Update: FERC Acts to Help Regulated Entities Manage Compliance News Release

March 27, 2020 Readout from FERC COVID-19 Pandemic conference call with NARUC, NASEO and National Governors Association Readout

March 26, 2020 FERC, NARUC Join Efforts to Help Ensure Essential Services During Pandemic News Release

March 19, 2020 Coronavirus Update: FERC Announces Point of Contact on Pandemic Response News Release

March 18, 2020 FERC, NERC Provide Industry Guidance to Ensure Grid Reliability Amid Potential Coronavirus Impacts News Release


FERC Operating Status

The Commission is operating and will continue to fulfill all statutory obligations. FERC offices at 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC, are closed to the public; minimal staff are on site. All Commission employees are authorized to telework and are available via email and phone. Staff are teleconferencing, and are canceling or postponing in-person meetings.

The FERC headquarters building at 888 First St. NE in Washington, D.C., has completed the required Centers for Disease Control (CDC) cleaning and disinfecting protocols for an unoccupied facility. It reopened May 18 for the performance of certain essential supporting activities, including mail and printing, shipping and receiving, and badging and IT services that do not include direct client interaction. For all other FERC staff, the building remains closed until May 26. The building remains closed to the public until further notice.

Scheduled Conferences

Conferences will be rescheduled or conducted via WebEx.


Notices & Orders:

August 20, 2020 FERC Extends Pandemic Emergency Waivers News Release | Notice

August 20, 2020 Order Extending Blanket Waiver of In-Person Meeting and Document Notarization Requirements re Temporary Action to Facilitate Social Distancing  (EL20-37-000)  Order 

May 20, 2020 A Notice of Extension of Time for Data Collection for Analytics and Surveillance and Market-Based Rate Purposes re Order No. 860 (RM16-17-000) Notice

May 8, 2020 Supplemental Notice Waiving Regulations due to COVID-19  (AD20-11-000) Notice

April 17, 2020 Order Granting Deferred Implementation of Certain NERC Reliability Standards (RM15-4-000) Order

April 2, 2020 Supplemental Notice Granting Extension of Time for Nonstatutory Deadlines, Waiving Regulations, and Shortening Answer Period (AD20-11-000) Notice

March 19, 2020 Extension of Time for Non-Statutory Deadlines due to COVID-19 (AD20-11-000) Notice

 

Resource links:

FERC Administrative Hearings - How the Commission is handling court cases:

  • Hearings are now being held remotely pursuant to the Notice of Remote Hearings issued by Chief Judge Cintron on April 23. Notice
  • Settlement conferences are being conducted by telephone. 
  • Oral arguments are being heard via WebEx.

This page was last updated on August 27, 2020