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11/10/2020

FERC would like to thank all current and former members of the #ArmedForces for their dedication and service to this great nation! #VeteransDay #Energy

Never Forget! #September11 #911anniversary #PartiotsDay
09/11/2020

Never Forget! #September11 #911anniversary #PartiotsDay

Never Forget! #September11 #911anniversary #PartiotsDay
09/11/2020

Never Forget! #September11 #911anniversary #PartiotsDay

Farewell, Commissioner McNamee!  Thank you for your service to America!
09/04/2020

Farewell, Commissioner McNamee! Thank you for your service to America!

#FERC is proud to release the NEW streamlined #eLibrary, with simplified navigation & enhanced search capabilities. Happ...
08/31/2020

#FERC is proud to release the NEW streamlined #eLibrary, with simplified navigation & enhanced search capabilities. Happy Easy Docket Hunting!

For more #info on the new #eLibrary & #FAQs visit the link in our Bio!

Stay Tuned: #FERC will be rolling out the new, streamlined #eLibrary in early #August w/ easier navigation & enhanced se...
07/27/2020

Stay Tuned: #FERC will be rolling out the new, streamlined #eLibrary in early #August w/ easier navigation & enhanced search capabilities!

FERC would love to thank all the #lineworkers who keep the #power on through storm and #quarantine. Let’s all show our s...
07/10/2020

FERC would love to thank all the #lineworkers who keep the #power on through storm and #quarantine. Let’s all show our support today as we celebrate National Lineworker Appreciation Day! #ThankALineworker #PoweringThruTogether

07/02/2020

As we celebrate this #FourthofJuly weekend, let us reflect on all the things that make our country so special as we work towards an even #brighter #future for all #Americans.

Let us be a guiding #beacon of light, bringing #hopeandchange to the world. #energy

06/15/2020

Coming soon: FERC.gov #Redesign! @fercgov is excited to announce its #NEW #website, coming this month! It promises to be easy to use, #accessible, and importantly #mobilefriendly. Stay tuned for details.

#new #energy #lng #hydropower #redesign #electric #covid19

Coming soon: FERC.gov #Redesign! @FERCgov is excited to announce its #NEW #website, coming this month. It promises to be...
06/15/2020

Coming soon: FERC.gov #Redesign! @FERCgov is excited to announce its #NEW #website, coming this month. It promises to be easy to use, #accessible, and importantly #mobilefriendly. Stay tuned for details.

#new #energy #lng #hydropower #redesign #electric #covid19

06/04/2020

As they discusses a whole host of topics: @DOE NOPR, #PJM MOPR, #infrastructure, #landowners & yes, #sports!

Enjoy some light summer reading from FERC Staff Issues 2020 #Energy #Primer A Handbook of Energy Market Basics! Learn ab...
06/03/2020

Enjoy some light summer reading from FERC Staff Issues 2020 #Energy #Primer A Handbook of Energy Market Basics! Learn about Where natural gas resources come from! Find out about wholesale electricity markets and the path of electricity from the generator to your home! How U.S. oil production has displaced U.S. oil imports & Capital expenditures by electric and natural gas companies are rising!

Click on the link in our Bio for a riveting edge of your seat thrilling report from #FERC| #LNG #Hydropower #Electric #Oil #Covid19 #quarantine @ Washington D.C.

Join Us on our Stories for an Ask Me Anything on the #2020 Summer Assessment, Thursday, May 28 from 11-2pm!#Energy#covid...
05/27/2020

Join Us on our Stories for an Ask Me Anything on the #2020 Summer Assessment, Thursday, May 28 from 11-2pm!

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#covid19
#lng
#hydropower
#electric

Join Us here for an Ask Me Anything on the #2020 Summer Assessment, Thursday, May 28!#Covid19#FERC#ENERGY#SUMMER#LNG#Hyd...
05/26/2020

Join Us here for an Ask Me Anything on the #2020 Summer Assessment, Thursday, May 28!

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#FERC
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#SUMMER
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#Hydropower
#Electric

FERC Authorizes Alaska LNG ProjectThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today authorized the Alaska Gasline Developme...
05/21/2020

FERC Authorizes Alaska LNG Project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today authorized the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) to liquefy and export liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced in the North Slope of the State of Alaska.

The Commission granted a Section 3 Natural Gas Act authorization, with conditions, to the AGDC – an independent, public corporation of the State of Alaska to site, construct and operate the Alaska LNG Project. The project would consist of liquefaction facilities on the Kenai Peninsula designed to produce up to 20 million metric tons per annum (MMTPA) LNG for export.

It would also include an approximately 807-mile-long, 42-inch-diameter pipeline capable of transporting up to 3.9 billion cubic feet of gas per day to the liquefaction facilities, a gas treatment plant that would be located in the Prudhoe Bay at the North Slope and two additional natural gas pipelines connecting production units to the gas treatment plant.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has authorized the project to export 20 MMPTA of LNG to nations with which the United States has a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). DOE also granted conditional authorization for the exportation of 20 MMTPA of natural gas to nations that do not have an FTA.

The Alaska LNG Project is the last remaining LNG project before FERC covered by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST-41 Act). The Commission took action today ahead of the scheduled June 4, 2020, final decision set by the statute.

FERC has acted on two other FAST-41 Act projects: Venture Global’s Calcasieu LNG Project, approved last year, and Jordan Cove LNG project, approved in March.

There are currently six LNG proposals pending before the Commission.

FERC Revises Public Utility ROE Methodology; Sets Policy for Natural Gas, Oil PipelinesThe Federal Energy Regulatory Com...
05/21/2020

FERC Revises Public Utility ROE Methodology; Sets Policy for Natural Gas, Oil Pipelines

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today further refined its methodology for analyzing the base return on equity (ROE) component of public utility rates under section 206 of the Federal Power Act. In a related action, the Commission issued a Policy Statement that applies, with certain exceptions, this ROE methodology to natural gas and oil pipelines.

In Opinion No. 569, issued in November 2019, FERC said it will use the discounted cash flow (DCF) methodology and capital asset pricing model (CAPM) to determine if an existing base ROE is unjust and unreasonable, and, if so, what replacement ROE is appropriate. Applying the new methodology in a pair of complaints against the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) transmission owners, Opinion No. 569 determined that their base ROE should be 9.88 percent.

Today’s order on rehearing revises the methodology established in Opinion No. 569 and finds that the MISO transmission owners’ base ROE should be set at 10.02 percent. Primarily, the order grants rehearing of Opinion No. 569 to:

Use the risk premium model, DCF model, and CAPM under both prongs of the FPA section 206 analysis instead of relying on only the DCF model and CAPM;
Give the short-term growth rate 80% weighting and the long-term growth rate 20% weighting in the two-step DCF model;
Clarify that the Commission will consider the use of Value Line growth rates in future proceedings’ CAPM analyses;
Increase the high-end outlier test from 150% to 200% of the median result of all of the potential proxy group members in that model, subject to a natural break analysis; and
Calculate the ranges of presumptively just and reasonable base ROEs by dividing the overall composite zone of reasonableness into equal thirds, instead of using the quartile approach that was applied in Opinion No. 569.

Continued @ https://ferc.gov/media/news-releases/2020/2020-2/05-21-20-E-1.asp#.Xsa9pSUpCEc

FERC Staff discusses 2020 Summer Energy Market and Reliability Assessment in special Open Access podcast click the link ...
05/21/2020

FERC Staff discusses 2020 Summer Energy Market and Reliability Assessment in special Open Access podcast click the link in the bio.

As we close out #PublicService Week, FERC would like to thank the amazing & dedicated staff & contractors who are workin...
05/08/2020

As we close out #PublicService Week, FERC would like to thank the amazing & dedicated staff & contractors who are working in these difficult times. THEY are what made us one of the #bestplacetowork in 2019! Follow & enjoy our Virtual Celebration! @RPublicService #COVID_19

More than 270+ FERC staff participated in a Virtual Roundtable with Office Directors as they discussed how they are handling the current #telework situation. Directors thanked employees for working with the greatest level of #professionalism & #dedication. #PublicService

"We love working at @FERC because of all the ERGs that are available for employees to gather and talk about issues they care about. Sending our love to everyone during this time. Best, Women empowering Women (WeW) Leadership Team!" #publicservice @RPublicService

FERC celebrated #PublicService Week with celebrations of Time In Service Awards with some FERC staff having 40+ years of federal service! True #PublicServants! @ FERC-Careers

04/29/2020

Thank you to the #energy industry employees. You who are keeping the generators on, electricity flowing & especially those living onsite at your workplaces. Your hard work will ensure we get through this #COVID19 #pandemic. You're what makes America great!

Part: 4 of T̵a̵k̵e̵ ̵Y̵o̵u̵r̵ ̵C̵h̵i̵l̵d̵ ̵t̵o̵ ̵W̵o̵r̵k̵ ̵D̵a̵y̵ ̵ Work with Your Child From Home Day(s)! #Covid19 #TYC...
04/23/2020

Part: 4 of T̵a̵k̵e̵ ̵Y̵o̵u̵r̵ ̵C̵h̵i̵l̵d̵ ̵t̵o̵ ̵W̵o̵r̵k̵ ̵D̵a̵y̵ ̵ Work with Your Child From Home Day(s)! #Covid19 #TYCWD #SocialDistancing

Rachel Marsh,
Legal Advisor, Office of the Chairman and child

Part: 3 of T̵a̵k̵e̵ ̵Y̵o̵u̵r̵ ̵C̵h̵i̵l̵d̵ ̵t̵o̵ ̵W̵o̵r̵k̵ ̵D̵a̵y̵ ̵ Work with Your Child From Home Day(s)! #Covid19 #TYC...
04/23/2020

Part: 3 of T̵a̵k̵e̵ ̵Y̵o̵u̵r̵ ̵C̵h̵i̵l̵d̵ ̵t̵o̵ ̵W̵o̵r̵k̵ ̵D̵a̵y̵ ̵ Work with Your Child From Home Day(s)! #Covid19 #TYCWD #SocialDistancing

Commissioner Richard Glick with child

Part 2:Happy T̵a̵k̵e̵ ̵Y̵o̵u̵r̵ ̵C̵h̵i̵l̵d̵ ̵t̵o̵ ̵W̵o̵r̵k̵ ̵D̵a̵y̵ ̵ Work with Your Child From Home Day(s)! FERC hopes ...
04/23/2020

Part 2:
Happy T̵a̵k̵e̵ ̵Y̵o̵u̵r̵ ̵C̵h̵i̵l̵d̵ ̵t̵o̵ ̵W̵o̵r̵k̵ ̵D̵a̵y̵ ̵ Work with Your Child From Home Day(s)! FERC hopes everyone has a chance to #celebrate this day even though it seems like it’s every day!
#Covid19
#TYCWD
#SocialDistancing

Michelle Davis - Attorney, GAL, OGC

Chris MacFarland - Attorney, GAL, OGC

Marcos Araus - Attorney, GAO, OGC @ Washington D.C.

Happy T̵a̵k̵e̵ ̵Y̵o̵u̵r̵ ̵C̵h̵i̵l̵d̵ ̵t̵o̵ ̵W̵o̵r̵k̵ ̵D̵a̵y̵ ̵ Work with Your Child From Home Day(s)! FERC hopes everyon...
04/23/2020

Happy T̵a̵k̵e̵ ̵Y̵o̵u̵r̵ ̵C̵h̵i̵l̵d̵ ̵t̵o̵ ̵W̵o̵r̵k̵ ̵D̵a̵y̵ ̵ Work with Your Child From Home Day(s)! FERC hopes everyone has a chance to #celebrate this day even though it seems like it’s every day!
#Covid19
#TYCWD
#SocialDistancing

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Steven Hunt - Director, Division of Audits and Accounting and Chief Accountant, in Office of Enforcement with child

Chrystal Martin - Associate Director, Administration and Operations, in the Office of Energy Projects with children

Jennifer Mellon - Confidential Assistant, Office of the Chairman with child

Mary O’Driscoll - Director of Media, in the Office of External Affairs with children
@ Washington D.C.

04/13/2020

Shane Battier (@shanetakecharge) has a special message for the @fercgov family during this current crisis.

This would have been @NCAA Championship week, but #FERC staff are the ones that deserve this shining moment! #COVID19 #coronavirus #keepingthelightson

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03/30/2020

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#2 Best Places to Work Agency Subcomponent Office of General Counsel (OGC)@FERCgov@rPublicService
01/08/2020

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01/08/2020

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01/08/2020

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01/08/2020

“FERC is an extremely family-friendly agency. The FERC culture is undeniable on this point. In my 30+ years of working at this agency, my coworkers, supervisors, and management have always been supportive of any family dynamics that came up and recognized them as the priority; from my oldest son attending the FERC Childcare center 24 years ago – to – dealing with eldercare issues with my mom.

I often say to friends and colleagues, “I am the biggest FERC Cheerleader in the agency” and feel blessed that I choose FERC and FERC choose me directly after graduating from law school.” Secretary Kimberly Bose - Office of the Secretary
@FERCgov
@rPublicService

01/08/2020

“I’m Neil Chatterjee, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and I’m proud to lead our agency, which in 2019 has been named Best Place to Work among mid-sized federal agencies. At FERC, we are all about working together, collaboratively and collegially, to fulfill our mission of ensuring that consumers have access to economically efficient, safe, reliable and secure energy. Thanks to the Partnership for Public Service for giving us the keys to their Instagram account today, and I hope you enjoy learning more about who we are, and what we do, at FERC.” - Chairman Neil Chatterjee, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

FERC’s 2020 New Year’s resolution is to continue to ensure that America gets the reliable, secure & economic efficient e...
01/02/2020

FERC’s 2020 New Year’s resolution is to continue to ensure that America gets the reliable, secure & economic efficient energy it needs. In 2019 we were able to do that in a number of ways. Let’s take a look back ....

#Transparency: FERC held 11 open meetings, 100 tech conferences & public meetings, & issued 699 notational votes. Get in the know for 2020! Subscribe to FERC insight newsletter at FERC.gov/media/insight.asp.

Preparing for the #future: The 1st EnVision Forum opened the discussion of the future of #energy outside the Beltway. Let’s continue this collaborative effort in 2020!

#LNG breakthroughs: FERC approved 11 liquefied natural gas export terminals in 2019, connecting US #gas w/ global demand; created new LNG team & announced new Houston LNG office.

FERC Commissioners testified before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in June, providing updates on important #cyber, #reliability, #storage & #market work. FERC’s Executive Director testified before U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Committee in September.

In December, FERC was named No. 1 in #BPTW @RPublicService, among mid-sized fed agencies for 2019! Office of the General Counsel No. 2 and Office of Executive Director No. 4 among agency subcomponents. FERC staff are dedicated & hardworking!

FERC boosted #reliability, #cyber & physical #security efforts with expanded rules, new staff security focus and ID of key cyber program priorities. Hear what our staff leaders had to say in an September Open Access podcast interview FERC.gov/media/podcasts.asp. @ Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

And finally here’s a preview of our website refresh coming in 2020.

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Hey! Your work on the FERC website broke it. Please consider extending ecomment deadlines for those who want to comment on important issues. No one is able to get registration links or ecomment links to their email. This is absolutely unacceptable.
Oregon faces a Tom McCall moment with Jordan Cove by Ron Schaaf and Juliet Grable Sunday, March 29th 2020 On March 19, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced it had voted to approve the Jordan Cove Energy Project, 2-1. This is a conditional order. Pembina, the Canadian company that owns the project, must acquire all necessary federally-mandated permits before felling a single tree or removing a spadeful of dirt. Oregon has already denied two of these permits. Pembina has in place agreements to sell gas to itself. Apparently this is enough evidence to satisfy FERC, and to justify taking land from private citizens. As FERC says, the project “is needed.” Needed by whom? FERC’s conditional permit triggers the power of eminent domain before all conditions have been met. As impacted landowners along the pipeline route, we believe this amounts to a land grab. FERC dismissed this and many of our other arguments by saying they weren’t in the commission’s purview. For instance, take our claim that the use of eminent domain for a project that has yet to secure three key permits is inappropriate. Irrelevant, says FERC. The project has been granted a certificate, and that triggers eminent domain authority. Hey, it’s not us; it’s the Natural Gas Act, they added. Blame Congress. We argued that because this is a Canadian project that will likely source most, if not all of its gas from Canada, and that because the Canadian and provincial governments are investing heavily in natural gas, this subsidized gas will compete directly with U.S. LNG. FERC says it’s not in their scope to look “upstream,” and it’s not their usual practice to “look beyond precedent agreements” and determine where the gas is coming from. FERC also added that Jordan Cove/Pacific Connector is registered in Delaware as a limited liability company, so technically it’s an American company, even though we all know better. We pointed out that Pembina has failed to secure a single binding off-take agreement for the gas, that the gas from Jordan Cove is destined for Asian markets, that the LNG market is flooded, and that Jordan Cove is so late out of the gate that it likely won’t make its first shipment by the mid-2020s, if ever. And that there’s another, far larger LNG terminal already under construction in British Columbia. Doesn’t matter, FERC says. Their scope starts in Malin and ends in Coos Bay. They don’t care where the gas comes from or where it’s going. They don’t care about market projections. They don’t care about upstream or downstream impacts, such as methane leakage at the fracking wells, or how the project will contribute to global climate change. They’ve reduced the consideration of “public interest” to a pinhead. We do not agree with FERC’s assessment, and we don’t accept it, which is why a group of us have sought representation with the Niskanen Center to challenge their decision. Landowners now face the threat of eminent domain for a project that has failed to obtain three key permits, and FERC’s order makes it clear that the company cannot clear trees or disturb ground before they obtain every required permit. This makes the actions from the state all the more critical. Oregon agencies have been resolute in insisting that Pembina prove that their project won’t harm Oregon’s air, water, wildlife, and human communities. Following FERC’s announcement, Gov. Kate Brown made her strongest statement yet, which included a promise to landowners: “Until this project has received every single required permit from state and local agencies, I will use every available tool to prevent the company from taking early action on condemning private property or clearing land.” Brown’s job is to protect Oregon and Oregonians on all levels. With deep gratitude, we applaud her for vowing to do exactly that, for we need such support now more than ever. Landowners have shown strength and resilience through this 15-year fight. Now, many of us are collectively seeking experienced eminent domain counsel through Greater Good Oregon, a non-profit several of us created to help support landowners through this very complicated and stressful process. I’ve been asked many times why I would put myself through this — why don’t I just sell my easement and be done with it? This process has forced me to examine my values. While it hasn’t been an easy thing to do, I cannot stand by and let a private corporation run roughshod over my rights and land that I love. As impacted landowners, we stand on the front lines of this fight, and we call on the spirit of Tom McCall and say: Not in my Oregon, not on my land, and not on my watch! Ron Schaaf is an impacted landowner whose Klamath County property is on the pipeline route. Juliet Grable is a freelance writer based in southern Oregon. Donations to support landowner legal expenses can be made through www.OurLand-OurLives.org. --
“There are so many ways of being despicable it quite makes one’s head spin. But the way to be really despicable is to be contemptuous of other people’s pain.” ~J. Baldwin People literally facing life and death consequences and FERC approves Jordan Cove allowing eminent domain against some of the most vulnerable. FERC Commissioners are the epitome of despicable.
Dear FERC; What is theFERC position on the Scandalous Bankruptcy filing and threat of possible “Mechanics Liens “ on private property owners who were pressured or ordered by Federal Courts to allow easements on their land? Will there be an official comment from FERC? Will FERC rethink the Permit filing(s) filed by WILLIAMS and SUNOCO ETP in future? Do FERC Commissioners feel any responsibility for facilitating these projects by companies with long records of stiffing Contractors ? I would appreciate a response and to see a public comment in this matter. Dean H. Marshall
You don't even bother to show up to your own drills? Why??
Members of Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) held an action outside the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) headquarters in Washington DC on June 25, 2018, as dozens of BXE members and allies rallied around two of their fellow activists who perched on platforms on bamboo "gas drilling rigs"​ and laying an inflatable pipeline on the street blocking the entrance to the driveway to FERC's employee parking lot from 7am to early afternoon, successfully preventing them from accessing the workplace. Activists are demanding a halt to the permitting and building of all new fossil fuel pipelines and other infrastructure. There were no arrests. #Activism #ActOnClimate #Art #ArtBuild #BeyondExtremeEnergy #BXE #CivilDisobedience #ClimateChange #ClimateCrisis #climatejustice #CommunitiesFightBack #CrackFERCOpen #DefendPeoplePower #EnergyDemocracy #energyefficiency #EnergyIndependence #FederalEnergyRegulatoryCommission #FERC #FERCblockade #FERCdoesntwork #FERCshadybusiness #Fracking #infrackstructure #KeepItIntheGround #MakePollutersPay #Methane #NewYork #OffFossilFuels #PoorPeoplesCampaign #RenewableEnergy #SaneEnergyProject #SaneSolutions #StopGasExports #WashingtonDC #YOUAREHERE © Erik McGregor - [email protected] - 917-225-8963
Activist group Beyond Extreme Energy #BXE partially stop operations at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) headquarters in Washington DC on June 25, 2018, by installing 2 mocked fracking wells and laying an inflatable pipeline on the street outside the employee garage from 7am to early afternoon, successfully preventing them from accessing the workplace. Activists are demanding a halt to the permitting and building of all new fossil fuel pipelines and other infrastructure.