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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. Exelon Corp. v. FERC
    No. 16-1042 (D.C. Cir. filed 2/8/2016)
      Order on complaint, alleging that certain provisions in ISO-NE tariff, governing operation of Forward Capacity Market, are unjust, unreasonable, and unduly discriminatory. Exelon Corp. and Calpine Corp. v. ISO New England Inc., 150 FERC ¶ 61,067 PDF (2015), reh’g denied, 154 FERC ¶ 61,005 PDF (2016).
      FERC Docket No. EL15-23


  2. Catskill Mountainkeeper, et al. v. FERC
    No. 16-345, et al. (2nd Cir. filed 2/5/2016)
      Commission authorization to construct and operate 125 miles of pipeline and related facilities in Pennsylvania and New York. Constitution Pipeline Co. and Iroquois Gas Transmission System, 149 FERC ¶ 61,199 PDF (2014), reh’g denied, 154 FERC ¶ 61,046 PDF (2016).
      FERC Docket No. CP13-499, et al.


  3. MISO Transmission Owners v. FERC
    No. 16-1030 (D.C. Cir. filed 1/27/2016)
      Compliance with cost allocation requirements of Order No. 1000 for regional and interregional transmission projects. Midcontinent Indep. System Operator, Inc., et al., 150 FERC ¶ 61,045 (2015), order on reh’g & compl., 153 FERC ¶ 61,247 (2015).
      FERC Docket No. ER13-1923, et al.


  4. Madison Gas and Electric Co., et al. v. FERC
    Nos. 16-1019 and 16-1027 (D.C. Cir. filed 1/19/2016)
      Filing by MISO to revise its resource adequacy construct. Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, 139 FERC ¶ 61,199 PDF (2012), order on reh’g, 153 FERC ¶ 61,229 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. ER11-4081


  5. New England Power Generators Ass’n v. FERC
    Nos. 16-1023 and 16-1024 (D.C. Cir. filed 1/19/2016)
      Proposals to address resource performance problems in ISO-NE Forward Capacity Market; denial of complaint that Peak Energy Rent mechanism, which mitigates incentives to create price spikes in the energy market through economic or physical withholding, had become unjust and unreasonable. ISO New England and New England Power Pool, 147 FERC ¶ 61,172 PDF (2014), reh’g denied, 153 FERC ¶ 61,223 PDF(2015); New England Power Generators Ass’n v. ISO New England, 150 FERC ¶ 61,053 PDF (2015), reh’g denied, 153 FERC ¶ 61,222 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. ER14-1050, et al.


  6. Alliance Pipeline L.P. v. FERC
    No. 16-1017 (D.C. Cir. filed 1/15/2016)
      Rates for natural gas transportation service; various rate issues, some summarily resolved and some set for hearing. Alliance Pipeline L.P., 151 FERC ¶ 61,271 PDF (2015), order on reh’g, 153 FERC ¶ 61,195 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. RP15-1022


  7. BP Pipelines (Alaska) Inc., et al. v. FERC and United States of America
    Nos. 16-1013, et al. (D.C. Cir. filed 1/15/2016 and later)
      Order on ALJ Initial Decision, addressing various issues concerning 2009 and 2010 rate filings for service on the Trans Alaska Pipeline System. BP Pipelines (Alaska) Inc., et al., 153 FERC ¶ 61,233 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. IS09-348, et al.


  8. Erie Boulevard Hydropower, L.P., et al. v. FERC
    Nos. 16-1015 and 16-1020 (D.C. Cir. filed 1/15/2016 and later)
      Calculation of headwater benefits assessments, based on benefits that Great Sacandaga Lake Project provides to downstream beneficiary projects. Hudson River-Black River Regulating Dist., et al., 152 FERC ¶ 62,124 PDF (2015), order on reh’g, 153 FERC ¶ 61,218 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. HB81-09, et al.


  9. Louisiana Pub. Serv. Comm’n v. FERC
    No. 16-1014 (D.C. Cir. filed 1/15/2016)
      Dismissal of complaint concerning depreciation component of bandwidth formula rate in Entergy System Agreement; Entergy’s proposed depreciation rates for Entergy Arkansas. Louisiana Pub. Serv. Comm’n v. Entergy Corp., et al., Op. 519, 139 FERC ¶ 61,107 PDF (2012), reh’g denied, 153 FERC ¶ 61,188 PDF (2015); Entergy Services, Inc., Op. 523, 142 FERC ¶ 61,022 PDF(2013), reh’g denied, 153 FERC ¶ 61,184 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. EL10-55, et al.


  10. Seneca Generation, LLC v. FERC
    No. 16-1016 (D.C. Cir. filed 1/15/2016)
      Relicensing of Kinzua Pumped Storage Project, on the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania; consideration of two mandatory license conditions, for protection of fish species and water quality, adopted by U.S. Forest Service. Seneca Generation LLC, 152 FERC ¶ 62,045 PDF (2015), reh'g denied, 153 FERC ¶ 61,234 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. P-2280


  11. TNA Merchant Projects, Inc. v. FERC
    No. 16-1009 (D.C. Cir. filed 1/12/2016)


  12. People of the State of California, et al. v. FERC
    No. 16-70068, et al. (9th Cir. filed 1/8/2016 and later)
      Order in Pacific Northwest refund proceeding, on remand from Port of Seattle v. FERC, 499 F.3d 1016 (9th Cir. 2007). Puget Sound Energy, Inc. v. All Jurisdictional Sellers of Energy and/or Capacity at Wholesale into Electric Energy and/or Capacity Markets in the Pacific Northwest, Op. No. 537, 151 FERC ¶ 61,173 PDF (2015), on reh’g, Op. No. 537-A, 153 FERC ¶ 61,386 (2015).
      FERC Docket No. EL01-10, et al.


  13. NextEra Desert Center Blythe, LLC v. FERC
    No. 16-1003 (D.C. Cir. filed 1/7/2016)
      Denial of complaint by NextEra, requesting that the California ISO allocate to NextEra congestion revenue rights. NextEra Desert Center Blythe, LLC v. Cal. Indep. Sys. Operator Corp., 151 FERC ¶ 61,198 PDF (2015), reh’g denied, 153 FERC ¶ 61,208 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. EL15-47


  14. Alterna Springerville LLC, et al. v. FERC
    No. 15-73844 (9th Cir. filed 12/22/2015)
      Denial of complaint filed by co-owner of Springerville generating unit against other co-owner, concerning right, under Facility Support Agreement, to firm transmission service over a specified path. Alterna Springerville LLC, et al. v. Tucson Elec. Power Co., 150 FERC ¶ 61,094 PDF (2015), reh'g denied, 153 FERC ¶ 61,125 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. EL15-17


  15. Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC v. FERC
    No. 15-60873 (5th Cir. filed 12/14/2015)
      Order finding unjust and unreasonable Algonquin’s current lack of a reservation charge crediting provision, and directing tariff revision. Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC, 143 FERC ¶ 61,082 PDF (2013), order on reh’g & compl., 153 FERC ¶ 61,038 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. RP13-751


  16. NRG Power Marketing LLC, et al., and PJM Power Providers Group v. FERC
    Nos. 15-1452 and 15-1454 (D.C. Cir. filed 12/14/2015)
      Revisions to PJM capacity market Minimum Offer Price Rule, concerning buyer-side market power mitigation. PJM Interconnection, LLC, 143 FERC ¶ 61,090 PDF (2013), order on reh'g & compl., 153 FERC ¶ 61,066 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. ER13-535


  17. PJM Power Providers Group and PSEG Power LLC, et al. v. FERC
    Nos. 15-1453 and 15-1455 (D.C. Cir. filed 12/14/2015)
      Revisions to PJM capacity market demand curve (Variable Resource Requirement Curve) and related inputs. PJM Interconnection, LLC, 149 FERC ¶ 61,183 PDF (2014), order on reh'g & compl., 153 FERC ¶ 61,035 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. ER14-2940


  18. Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc. v. FERC
    No. 15-1450 (D.C. Cir. filed 12/14/2015)
      Order on complaint, concerning interpretation and application of FPL open access transmission tariff provision concerning charges for energy imbalance service. Seminole Elec. Coop., Inc. v. Florida Power & Light Co., 139 FERC ¶ 61,254 PDF (2012), order on reh'g, 153 FERC ¶ 61,037 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. EL12-53


  19. State Corp. Comm’n of Kansas v. FERC
    No. 15-1447 (D.C. Cir. filed 12/14/2015)
      Integration of additional transmission-owning utilities – Western-UGP, Basin Electric, and Heartland Power Dist. – into Southwest Power Pool. Southwest Power Pool, Inc., 149 FERC ¶ 61,113 PDF (2014), order on reh’g & clar., 153 FERC ¶ 61,051PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. ER14-2850, et al.


  20. City of Rockingham, NC and American Rivers v. FERC and U.S. Dept. of Commerce
    No. 15-2535 (4th Cir. filed 12/10/2015)
      Issuance of new license for the continued operation and maintenance of the 108 MW Yadkin-Pee Dee Hydroelectric Project on the Yadkin and Pee Dee Rivers in North Carolina. Duke Energy Progress, Inc., 151 FERC ¶ 62,004 (2015), order on reh’g and clar., 153 FERC ¶ 61,056 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. P-2206