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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. Transmission Agency of Northern California, et al. v. FERC
    No. 15-1241 (D.C. Cir. filed 7/29/2015)
      Termination of Comprehensive Agreement between PG&E and Cal. DWR, and replacement agreements for continued interconnection of DWR generation to PG&E’s transmission system. Pacific Gas and Electric Co.; Cal. Indep. Sys. Operator, 149 FERC ¶ 61,276 PDF (2014), reh’g denied, 151 FERC ¶ 61,252 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. ER15-223, et al.


  2. Portland General Electric Co., et al. v. FERC
    Nos. 15-1237 and 15-1275 (D.C. Cir. filed 7/22/2015 and later)
      Complaint concerning utility obligation to integrate with and purchase from small wind qualifying facility. PáTu Wind Farm, LLC v. Portland General Electric Co.; PáTu Wind Farm, LLC, 150 FERC ¶ 61,032 PDF (2015), reh’g denied, 151 FERC ¶ 61,223 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. EL15-6, et al.


  3. Emera Maine (f/k/a Bangor Hydroelectric Co.), et al. v. FERC
    No. 15-1212 (D.C. Cir. filed 7/13/2015)
      Complaints challenging New England transmission owners’ 11.14 % base return on equity; set for hearing and settlement judge procedures. ENE (Environment Northeast), et al. v. Bangor Hydro-Electric Co., et al.; Attn’y Gen. of Mass. v. Bangor Hydro-Electric Co., et al., 147 FERC ¶ 61,235 PDF (2014) and 149 FERC ¶ 61,156 PDF (2014), reh'g denied, 151 FERC ¶ 61,125 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. EL13-33, et al.


  4. Xcel Energy Services v. FERC
    No. 15-1213 (D.C. Cir. filed 7/13/2015)
      Orders establishing hearing and settlement procedures for two complaints, alleging that rate of return on common equity, in SPS power sales and transmission agreements, is too high. Golden Spread Elec. Coop., Inc. v. Southwestern Pub. Serv. Co., 147 FERC ¶¶ 61,238 PDF and 61,239 PDF (2014), order on reh’g, 151 FERC ¶ 61,126 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. EL12-59, et al.


  5. Consolidated Edison Co. of New York and Linden VFT, LLC v. FERC
    No. 15-1183 and 15-1188 (D.C. Cir. filed 6/25/2015)
      Cost allocation and responsibility for transmission projects approved through the PJM Regional Transmission Expansion Planning process. PJM Interconnection, L.L.C.; Consolidated Edison Co. v. PJM Interconn., 147 FERC ¶ 61,028 PDF (2014), order on complaint, reh’g & compl., 151 FERC ¶ 61,227 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. ER14-972, et al.


  6. LSP Transmission Holdings, LLC and LS Power Transmission, LLC v. FERC
    No. 15-1157 (D.C. Cir. filed 6/1/2015)
      Filing by Southwest Power Pool in compliance with transmission planning and cost allocation requirements of Order No. 1000. Southwest Power Pool, Inc., et al., 144 FERC ¶ 61,059 DOC (2013), order on reh’g & compl., 149 FERC ¶ 61,048 DOC (2014), order on reh’g & compl., 151 FERC ¶ 61,045 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. ER13-366, et al.


  7. Emera Maine (f/k/a Bangor Hydro-Electric Co.), et al. and New England States Committee on Electricity, et al. v. FERC
    No. 15-1139, et al. (D.C. Cir. filed 5/15/2015)
      Order on ISO-NE compliance with transmission planning and cost allocation requirements of Order No. 1000 rulemaking. ISO New England, Inc., 143 FERC ¶ 61,150 PDF (2013), order on reh’g & compl., 150 FERC ¶ 61,209 DOC (2015).
      FERC Docket No. ER13-193, et al.


  8. Consolidated Edison Co. of New York, et al. v. FERC
    No. 15-1138 (D.C. Cir. filed 5/14/2015)
      Orders on New York ISO tariff proposals to strengthen the mitigation of market power in the New York City Installed Capacity market. New York Indep. Sys. Operator, Inc., 131 FERC ¶ 61,170 PDF (2010), order on reh’g, clar. & compl., 150 FERC ¶ 61,208 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. EL07-39, et al.


  9. El Paso Electric Co. v. FERC
    No. 14-60822 (5th Cir. filed 5/18/2015)
      Filing, by members of WestConnect, in compliance with transmission planning and cost allocation requirements of Order No. 1000. Public Service Co. of Colorado, et al., 142 FERC ¶ 61,206 PDF (2013), order on reh’g & compl., 148 FERC ¶ 61,213 PDF (2014), order on reh’g & compl., 151 FERC ¶ 61,128 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. ER13-75, et al.


  10. Sierra Club v. FERC
    No. 15-1133 (D.C. Cir. filed 5/11/2015)
      Order authorizing Corpus Christi Liquefaction to site, construct, and operate LNG export and import facilities on Corpus Christi Bay, Texas, and to construct and operate related pipeline and compressor facilities. Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC, et al., 149 FERC ¶ 61,283 PDF (2014), reh’g denied, 151 FERC ¶ 61,098 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. CP12-507, et al.


  11. EarthReports, Inc. (dba Patuxent Riverkeeper), Sierra Club, and Chesapeake Climate Action Network v. FERC
    No. 15-1127 (D.C. Cir. filed 5/7/2015)
      Order authorizing Dominion Cove Point LNG to export LNG from existing Cove Point import terminal and to construct and operate related facilities; consideration of project impacts. Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP, 148 FERC ¶ 61,244 PDF (2014), reh’g & stay denied, 151 FERC ¶ 61,095 PDF (2015). (Motion for court stay of FERC authorization filed June 1, 2015.)
      FERC Docket No. CP13-113


  12. Emera Maine, f/k/a Bangor Hydro-Electric Co., et al. v. FERC
    Nos. 15-1118, et al. (D.C. Cir. filed 4/30/2015)
      Complaint challenging New England transmission owners’ return on equity, reflected in ISO New England open access transmission tariff. Martha Coakley, Mass. Attorney General, et al. v. Bangor Hydro-Electric Co., et al., Op. No. 531 and 531-A, 147 FERC ¶ 61,234 PDF (2014) and 149 FERC ¶ 61,032 PDF (2014), order on reh'g, Op. No. 531-B, 150 FERC ¶ 61,165 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. EL11-66


  13. Caithness Shepherds Flat, LLC v. FERC
    Nos. 15-71211, et al. (9th Cir. filed 4/20/2015)
      Approval of BPA’s proposed Oversupply Rate for displaced generation during periods of oversupply; finding that BPA’s proposed Oversupply Management Protocol, replacing its earlier Environmental Redispatch Policy, complies with earlier directive that BPA develop non-discriminatory curtailment practices. Bonneville Power Admin., 149 FERC ¶ 61,043 PDF (2014), reh’g denied, 150 FERC ¶ 61,112 PDF (2015); Iberdrola Renewables, Inc., et al. v. Bonneville Power Admin., 149 FERC ¶ 61,044 PDF (2014), reh’g denied, 150 FERC ¶ 61,113 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. EL11-44, et al.


  14. Tesoro Refining and Marketing Co., et al. v. FERC and United States of America
    No. 15-1101, et al. (D.C. Cir. filed 4/17/2015 and later)
      Opinion, after hearing and ALJ initial decision, addressing reasonableness of increased rates for shipment on SFPP’s West Line; various cost of service rate issues. SFPP, L.P., Opinion 511, 134 FERC ¶ 61,121 PDF (2011), order on reh’g & compl., Opinion 511-A, 137 FERC ¶ 61,220 PDF (2011), order on reh’g & compl., Opinion 511-B, 150 FERC ¶ 61,096 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. IS08-390


  15. Western Refining Co., L.P., et al. v. FERC and United States of America
    No. 15-1103, et al. (D.C. Cir. filed 4/17/2015 and later)
      Opinion, after hearing and ALJ initial decision, addressing reasonableness of revised rates for shipment on SFPP’s East Line; various cost of service rate issues. SFPP, L.P., Opinion 522, 140 FERC ¶ 61,220 PDF (2012), order on reh’g & compl., Opinion 522-A, 150 FERC ¶ 61,097 PDF (2015), reh’g & compl. pending.
      FERC Docket No. IS09-437


  16. Eastern Hydroelectric Corp. v. FERC
    No. 15-11667 (11th Cir. filed 4/17/2015)
      Revocation of license for East Juliette Hydroelectric Project, on Ocmulgee River in East Juliette, Georgia, for Eastern Hydro’s failure to comply with terms of its license and FERC orders, for failure to comply with fishway requirements. Eastern Hydroelectric Corp., 149 FERC ¶ 61,036 PDF (2014), reh’g denied, 150 FERC ¶ 61,099 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. P-7019






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