Mergers and Sections 201 and 203 Transactions
The Commission is responsible for determining whether merger and corporate applications are consistent with the public interest. In making its determination, the Commission examines a merger’s effect on competition, rates and regulation, and the potential for cross-subsidization. The Commission's screening approach to mergers, reviews for horizontal competitive concerns, and establishes guidelines for vertical competitive analysis, and establishes filing requirements for mergers that potentially raise vertical market power concerns.
A list of Required Filers by region is provided here. Required Filers are responsible for registering their company and keeping their registration information current.
The Commission receives an annual appropriation from Congress to defray its operating costs and recovers 100 percent of this appropriation through the collection of annual charges and filing fees. These annual charges and filing fees are assessed to recover costs incurred by the Commission in the performance of its regulatory responsibilities.
Addressing the 2000-2001 Western Energy Crisis
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's wide-ranging response to the 2000-2001 Western Energy Crisis is a detailed and complex narrative. It still is unfolding to this day. A review of Western Energy Crisis Settlements and a Chronology of FERC's Actions and Remedies follows.
Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) Reform
The Commission proposes to remedy undue discrimination by increasing the clarity and transparency in the rules applicable to planning and use of the transmission system, and to address ambiguities and the lack of sufficient detail in several important areas of the pro forma OATT.
Integration of Renewables
The use of renewable energy resources to generate electricity has the potential to be a cost-effective means not only to reduce greenhouse gas emissions but also to diversify the fuels used to generate electricity.
The Commission will continue to pursue market reforms to allow all resources, including renewable energy resources, to compete in jurisdictional markets on a level playing field. These efforts could include amendments to market rules, the modification or creation of ancillary services and related policies, or the implementation of operational tools that support the reliable integration of renewable resources. By implementing these or other reforms, the Commission's actions have the potential to increase the amount of electricity being produced from renewable energy resources.
- DSIRE: Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
- EERE: DOE, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
- LBNL: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
To help support the modernization of the Nation's electric system consistent with Title XIII of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the Commission is focusing on issues associated with a smarter grid.