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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. 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.
      Assigned to: Ross Fulton
      Status: awaiting schedule


  2. 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.


  3. 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


  4. 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


  5. 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.


  6. 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


  7. 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


  8. 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


  9. New England Power Generators Ass’n v. FERC
    No. 15-1071 (D.C. Cir. filed 3/31/2015)
      Order on complaint, alleging that certain administrative pricing provision in ISO-NE tariff, governing operation of Forward Capacity Market, are unjust, unreasonable, and unduly discriminatory. New England Power Generators Ass’n v. ISO New England Inc., 146 FERC ¶ 61,039 PDF (2014), order on reh’g & clar., 150 FERC ¶ 61,064 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. EL14-7


  10. NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, et al. v. FERC
    No. 15-1070 (D.C. Cir. filed 3/30/2015)
      Order accepting, with conditions, revisions to ISO-NE tariff to establish a system-wide sloped demand curve and related parameters for use in Forward Capacity Market. ISO New England Inc. and New England Power Pool Participants Committee, 147 FERC ¶ 61,173 PDF (2014), order on reh’g & clar., 150 FERC ¶ 61,065 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. ER14-1639


  11. Transmission Agency of Northern California, et al. v. FERC
    No. 15-1057 (D.C. Cir. filed 3/17/2015)
      Denial of complaint, alleging an anticipatory breach of PG&E’s obligations under agreement providing for coordinated operation of high-voltage transmission line (California-Oregon Intertie). Transmission Agency of Northern California v. Pacific Gas and Electric Co., 148 FERC ¶ 61,150 PDF (2014), reh’g denied, 150 FERC ¶ 61,133 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. EL14-44


  12. Michigan Public Service Commission, et al. v. FERC
    No. 15-1049, et al. (D.C. Cir. filed 3/9/2015 and later)
      Allocation of costs associated with the operation of System Support Resource generating units under MISO tariff. Public Service Commission of Wisconsin v. Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc., et al., 150 FERC ¶ 61,104 PDF (2015) (order on reh’g and compl.), and earlier orders.
      FERC Docket No. EL14-34, et al.


  13. LSP Transmission Holdings and LSP Power Transmission v. FERC
    No. 15-1316 (7th Cir. filed 2/19/2015)
      Order on MISO compliance with transmission planning and cost allocation requirements of Order No. 1000 rulemaking. Midwest Independent Transmission System Op., Inc., and the MISO Transmission Owners, et al., 142 FERC ¶ 61,215 PDF (2013), order on reh’g & compl., 147 FERC ¶ 61,127 PDF (2014), order on reh’g & compl., 150 FERC ¶ 61,037 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. ER13-187, et al.


  14. People of the State of California, et al. v. FERC
    No. 15-70511 (9th Cir. filed 2/19/2015)
      Order setting for trial-type, evidentiary hearing issues on remand concerning long-term contracts, entered into between California Parties and wholesale energy suppliers (Shell Energy and Iberdrola), during 2000-2001 California energy crisis, and establishing scope of evidence that may be adduced at hearing. Pub. Utils. Comm’n of California v. Sellers of Long-Term Contracts to the California Dept. of Water Resources, et al., 149 FERC ¶ 61,127 PDF (2014), order on reh’g & compl., 150 FERC ¶ 61,079 PDF (2015).
      FERC Docket No. EL02-60


  15. Yampa Realty Holdings, LLC v. FERC
    No. 15-9513 (10th Cir. filed 2/17/2015)
      Exemption for small hydroelectric project, on Yampa River near Steamboat Springs, Colorado; consideration in Environmental Assessment of project’s noise impacts on surrounding area. Catamount Metropolitan District, 144 FERC ¶ 62,130 PDF (2013), order on reh’g and stay, 149 FERC ¶ 61,242 PDF (2014).
      FERC Docket No. P-14368


  16. PC Landing Corp., et al. v. FERC
    Nos. 15-70331, et al. (9th Cir. filed 2/2/2015)
      Issuance of license for experimental tidal energy hydroelectric project; effect on PC Landing’s submarine fiber optic telecommunications system; effect on tribal fishing rights and fish species. Pub. Util. Dist. No. 1 of Snohomish County, Wash., 146 FERC ¶ 61,197 PDF (2014) and 147 FERC ¶ 61,215 PDF (2014), reh'g denied, 149 FERC ¶ 61,206 PDF (2014).
      FERC Docket No. P-12690, et al.


  17. Texas Eastern Transmission, LP v. FERC
    No. 12-60892 (5th Cir. filed 1/16/2015)
      Filing of revised pro forma service agreement for pipeline service; findings regarding reservation charge credits. Texas Eastern Transmission, LP, 138 FERC ¶ 61,126 PDF (2012), order on reh’g & compl., 140 FERC ¶ 61,216 PDF (2012), order on reh’g & compl., 149 FERC ¶ 61,143 PDF (2014).
      FERC Docket No. RP12-318


  18. Petro Star Inc. v. FERC and United States of America
    No. 15-1009 (D.C. Cir. filed 1/15/2015)
      Investigation and hearing as to whether existing Quality Bank formula properly values Resid cut of commingled crude oil transported by the Trans Alaska Pipeline System. BP Pipelines (Alaska) Inc., et al., 149 FERC ¶ 61,149 PDF (2014).
      FERC Docket No. OR14-6




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