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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. Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office v. FERC
    No. 19-1009 (D.C. Cir. filed 1/15/2019)
      Certificate authorizing construction and operation of Tennessee’s Connecticut Expansion Project in New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut; denial of late intervention. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., L.L.C., 162 FERC ¶ 61,013 PDF (2018), (and earlier 4/12/17 notice to proceed PDF, reh’g denied, 165 FERC ¶ 61,170 PDF (2018).
      FERC Docket No. CP14-529


  2. New York Power Authority v. FERC
    No. 19-1002 (D.C. Cir. filed 1/2/2019)
      Allocation of cost responsibility for regional and lower-voltage facilities included in the PJM Regional Transmission Expansion Plan. PJM Interconnection, L.L.C., 161 FERC ¶ 61,218 PDF (2017), reh’g denied, 165 FERC ¶ 61,078 PDF (2018).
      FERC Docket No. ER17-725


  3. Bold Alliance, et al. v. FERC
    No. 18-5322 (D.C. Cir. filed 10/31/2018)
      Appeal of 9/27/18 decision by district court (Judge Leon, D.D.C.) to grant FERC motion to dismiss amended complaint by landowners, concerning Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines, raising primarily objection (on various constitutional and statutory grounds) to exercise of eminent domain by certificate holder.


  4. Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. v. FERC
    No. 18-1298 (D.C. Cir. filed 11/2/2018)
      Order rejecting proposed revisions to BG&E formula transmission rate, seeking to recover previously-incurred tax amounts. PJM Interconnection, L.L.C., 161 FERC ¶ 61,163 PDF (2017), order on reh’g & clar., 164 FERC ¶ 61,173 PDF (2018).
      FERC Docket No. ER17-528


  5. Accokeek, Mattawoman, Piscataway Creeks Communities Council, et al. v. FERC
    No. 18-1283 (D.C. Cir. filed 10/9/2018)
      Order authorizing Dominion Energy Cove Point to construct and operate natural gas compression facilities in Maryland and Virginia (Eastern Market Access Project).  Dominion Energy Cove Point LNG, LP, 162 FERC ¶ 61,056 PDF (2018), reh’g denied, 164 FERC ¶ 61,102 PDF (2018). 
      FERC Docket No. CP17-15


  6. Allegheny Defense Project, et al. v. FERC
    No. 18-1265 (D.C. Cir. filed 9/25/2018)
      Order authorizing abandonment, construction, and operation of pipeline and compression facilities, the Tennessee Abandonment and Capacity Restoration Project, in various states.  Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., L.L.C., 160 FERC ¶ 61,144
      PDF (2017), reh’g denied, 164 FERC ¶ 61,062 PDF (2018). 
      FERC Docket No. CP15-88


  7. Buckeye Pipe Line Co., L.P. v. FERC and United States of America
    No. 18-1253 (D.C. Cir. filed 9/17/2018)
      Rates charged by Buckeye for interstate transportation of refined petroleum products to destinations in the Pittsburg and Harrisburg, PA markets; Buckeye’s market-based rate authority.  Guttman Energy, Inc. and PBF Holding Co., LLC v. Buckeye Pipe Line Co., L.P. and Laurel Pipe Line Co., L.P., Opinion No. 558, 161 FERC ¶ 61,180 DOC (2017), order on reh’g, 164 FERC ¶ 61,025 PDF (2018).
      FERC Docket No. OR14-4


  8. Constitution Pipeline Co., LLC v. FERC
    No. 18-1251 (D.C. Cir. filed 9/14/2018)
      Denial of waiver of Clean Water Act authority; finding that New York DEC acted in a timely manner, following Constitution’s withdrawal and resubmittal of its CWA application, in denying CWA permit.  Constitution Pipeline Co., LLC, 162 FERC ¶ 61,014 PDF (2018), reh’g denied, 164 FERC ¶ 61,029 PDF (2018).
      FERC Docket No. CP18-5


  9. Enable Mississippi River Transmission, et al. and SFPP, L.P. v. FERC
    Nos. 18-1252 and 18-1254 (D.C. Cir. filed 9/14/2018 and later)
      Policy Statement on treatment of income taxes; guidance on treatment of Accumulated Deferred Income Taxes (ADIT) where the income tax allowance is eliminated from cost-of-service rates.  Inquiry Regarding the Commission’s Policy for Recovery of Income Tax Costs, 162 FERC ¶ 61,227 PDF (2018), order on reh’g, 164 FERC ¶ 61,030 PDF (2018). 
      FERC Docket No. PL17-1


  10. City of Oberlin, Ohio and Coalition to Reroute NEXUS v. FERC
    Nos. 18-1248 and 18-1261 (D.C. Cir. filed 9/11/2018 and later)
      Conditional certificate authorizing construction and operation of NEXUS pipeline project in Ohio and Michigan.  NEXUS Gas Transmission LLC, et al., 160 FERC ¶ 61,022 PDF (2017), order on reh’g, 164 FERC ¶ 61,054 PDF (2018).
      FERC Docket No. CP16-22, et al.


  11. El Paso Electric Co. v. FERC
    No. 18-60575 (5th Cir. filed 8/17/2018)
      Order on remand from El Paso Elec. Co. v. FERC, 832 F.3d 495 (5th Cir. 2016); filing, by members of WestConnect, in compliance with transmission planning and cost allocation requirements of Order No. 1000; responsibilities of public and non-public utility transmission owners.  Pub. Serv. Co. of Colorado, et al., order on remand, 161 FERC ¶ 61,188 PDF (2017), reh’g denied, 163 FERC ¶ 61,204 PDF (2018).
      FERC Docket No. ER13-75, et al.


  12. Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC. v. FERC; Appalachian Voices, et al. v. FERC
    No. 18-1224; No. 18-1956 (D.C. Cir. and 4th Cir. filed 8/16/2018 and later)
      Conditional certificate authorizing construction and operation of Atlantic Coast Pipeline in West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina.  Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC, 161 FERC ¶ 61,042 PDF (2017), order on reh’g, 164 FERC ¶ 61,100 PDF (2018). 
      FERC Docket No. CP15-554, et al.


  13. Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et al. v. FERC
    Nos. 18-1128, et al. (D.C. Cir. filed 8/13/2018 and later)
      Conditional certificate authorizing construction and operation of PennEast Pipeline in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  PennEast Pipeline Co., LLC, 162 FERC ¶ 61,053 PDF (2018), order on reh’g, 164 FERC ¶ 61,098 PDF (2018). 
      FERC Docket No. CP15-558


  14. Lori Birckhead, et al. v. FERC
    No. 18-1218 (D.C. Cir. filed 8/8/2018)
      Order authorizing construction and operation of gas compression facilities in Kentucky, Tennessee, and W. Virginia, referred to as the Broad Run Expansion Project.  Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., L.L.C., 156 FERC ¶ 61,157 PDF (2016), reh’g denied, 163 FERC ¶ 61,190 PDF (2018).
      FERC Docket No. CP15-77


  15. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. v. FERC
    No. 18-1207 (D.C. Cir. filed 8/2/2018)
      Declaratory order on request for certain transmission rate incentives for eight transmission projects; project risks and challenges; prospective application of abandoned plant incentive.  Pacific Gas and Elec. Co., 160 FERC ¶ 61,018 PDF (2017), order on reh’g, 163 FERC ¶ 61,187 PDF (2018). 
      FERC Docket No. EL16-47


  16. Southern California Edison Co. v. FERC
    No. 18-1193 (D.C. Cir. filed 7/19/2018)
      Declaratory order on request for certain transmission rate incentives for three transmission projects; future recovery of prudently-incurred costs limited to those expended after the date of the order.  Southern California Edison Co., 161 FERC ¶ 61,107 PDF (2017), reh'g denied, 163 FERC ¶ 61,137 PDF (2018).
      FERC Docket No. EL17-63


  17. Otsego 2000, et al. v. FERC
    No. 18-1188 (D.C. Cir. filed 7/16/2018)
      Order authorizing construction and operation of certain compression and related natural gas facilities (the New Market Project) in various counties within New York.  Dominion Transmission, Inc., 155 FERC ¶ 61,106 PDF (2016), reh’g denied, 163 FERC ¶ 61,128 PDF (2018). 
      FERC Docket No. CP14-497


  18. El Paso Natural Gas Co. v. FERC
    No. 18-1183 (D.C. Cir. filed 7/2/2018)
      Orders, following hearing and ALJ decision, on various ratemaking issues in El Paso general rate case.  El Paso Natural Gas Co., Op. No. 528, 145 FERC ¶ 61,040 PDF (2013), order on reh’g and compl., 154 FERC ¶ 61,120 DOC (2016), order on compl. and reh’g, 163 FERC ¶ 61,079 PDF (2018). 
      FERC Docket No. RP10-1398


  19. Buckeye Pipe Line Co. v. FERC and United States of America
    No. 18-1179 (D.C. Cir. filed 6/29/2018)
      Revised rates charged by Buckeye, following revocation of market-based rate authority, for the transportation of refined petroleum products on its Eastern and Midwest Products Systems.  Buckeye Pipe Line Co., L.P., 163 FERC ¶ 61,066 PDF (2018), reh’g pending.
      FERC Docket No. IS18-228, et al.


  20. Missouri River Energy Services v. FERC
    No. 18-1166 (D.C. Cir. filed 6/18/2018)
      Finding that Missouri River, Basin Electric, and Heartland are not eligible for an exemption from congestion charges and marginal losses (carve-out treatment) under the Southwest Power Pool open access tariff.  Southwest Power Pool, Inc., 160 FERC ¶ 61,115 PDF (2017), reh’g denied, 163 FERC ¶ 61,063 PDF (2018).
      FERC Docket No. ER14-2850, et al.