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Form No. 714 - Annual Electric Balancing Authority Area
and Planning Area Report


Electronic Submission Software - Overview

This page contains the Installation Manual and Software Download links for the Form 714 Submission Software.

Note: The Form 714 software has been tested and will function correctly with Windows 10, Windows 7, and Windows Vista.

Overview of Software Download and Installation

(Specific download, installation and use of the submission software is available as a PDF document within the "Downloads and Links" box located on this page): If you are using MS Internet Explorer, you will be given the option to: 

  • Install the software from its current location; or,
  • Download the installation file.


In either event, once the Installation File is downloaded, you must double-click on the installation file from Windows Explorer to begin the application installation.

The Installation File can be discarded after the installation of the software. Its only purpose is to install the software on your workstation. After installation, it is no longer needed. If you need to install the software on other workstations, you can copy the Installation File to those workstations and use it to install the Form 714 application software on that particular workstation. The software must be installed on the local hard drive of each workstation using the Form 714 Submission System. It will not operate if installed on your network.

The Installation File will use folder C:\FERC\Form714Submission as the default folder for Form 714 Submission application. You have the option to change it at the time of installation. Please make sure you have full read/write access right into the default folder before continuing on the installation.

Internet Communications Problems

You will know when your workstation has Internet communication issues when: 

  • Long waits occur while checking for updates;
  • You are unable to submit the Form 714 Filing; or
  • You are unable to receive FERC software updates.


The Form 714 Submission System uses HTTP (to get the list of respondents for initial creation of your database - you only use this when downloading initial data from FERC), FTP Receive (to check for and deliver Form 714 software and database updates) and FTP Send to submit your filings. These common Internet Communication Protocols may be blocked by your Internet Firewall for security reasons. If this is the case, your computer or network support personnel will need to allow communication to the FERC site with these protocols.

The easiest and most effective solution is to ask your Firewall Administrator to install a rule in the Firewall permitting HTTP Send/Receive and FTP Send/Receive from the DNS eforms1.ferc.gov. This presents a minimal or non-existent security risk since all communication requests are issued by the Client (your workstation). The FERC Forms Server does not "push" unsolicited information to your workstation. Therefore, in creating this rule in your Firewall, preventing unsolicited incoming data will not affect Form 714 system operation. Also, the IT personnel can try to “whitelist” from firewall the DNS and everyone that is accessing FERC Database if FTP is blocked at your company IT.

The filers/users can test the connection in within the Form 714 application by “Retrieve Company Listing” function. The successful respondents listing indicates that the connection has been correctly made. The function can be accessed by clicking on “Options/Data Download” button: