[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 48 (Wednesday, March 12, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 14031-14032]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-05337]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket Nos. RM01-8-000; RM10-12-000; RM12-3-000]


Filing Requirements for El. Utility S.A.; Electricity Market 
Transparency Provisions of Section 220 of the Federal Power Act; 
Revisions to Electric Quarterly Report Filing Process; Order Extending 
and Setting Deadlines To File Electric Quarterly Reports

Before Commissioners: Cheryl A. LaFleur, Acting Chairman; Philip D. 
Moeller, John R. Norris, and Tony Clark.

    1. This order establishes new deadlines for filing the third 
quarter (Q3) 2013 Electric Quarterly Report (EQR), fourth quarter (Q4) 
2013 EQR, and first quarter (Q1) 2014 EQR. On September 21, 2012, the 
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) issued Order No. 
768,\1\ which, among other things, revised the existing EQR filing 
requirements to require market participants that are excluded from the 
Commission's jurisdiction under section 205 of the Federal Power Act 
(FPA) \2\ and have more than a de minimis market presence to file EQRs 
with the Commission. The requirement for certain non-public utilities 
to file EQRs was to be implemented at the same time as the requirement 
for all EQR filers (both public utilities and non-public utilities) to 
report the revised EQR data fields adopted in Order No. 768, i.e., 
beginning with Q3 2013.\3\
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    \1\ Electricity Market Transparency Provisions of Section 220 of 
the Federal Power Act, Order No. 768, FERC Stats. & Regs. ] 31,336 
(2012), order on reh'g, Order No. 768-A, 143 FERC ] 61,054 (2013); 
see also Revised Public Utility Filing Requirements, Order No. 2001, 
FERC Stats. & Regs. ] 31,127, reh'g denied, Order No. 2001-A, 100 
FERC ] 61,074, reh'g denied, Order No. 2001-B, 100 FERC ] 61,342, 
order directing filing, Order No. 2001-C, 101 FERC ] 61,314 (2002), 
order directing filing, Order No. 2001-D, 102 FERC ] 61,334, order 
refining filing requirements, Order No. 2001-E, 105 FERC ] 61,352 
(2003), order on clarification, Order No. 2001-F, 106 FERC ] 61,060 
(2004), order revising filing requirements, Order No. 2001-G, 120 
FERC ] 61,270, order on reh'g and clarification, Order No. 2001-H, 
121 FERC ] 61,289 (2007), order revising filing requirements, Order 
No. 2001-I, FERC Stats. & Regs. ] 31,282 (2008).
    \2\ 16 U.S.C. ] 824d (2012). Order No. 768 refers to market 
participants that are not public utilities under section 201(f) of 
the FPA as ``non-public utilities.''
    \3\ Order No. 768, FERC Stats. & Regs. ] 31,336 at P 4.
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    2. On November 12, 2012, the Commission issued Order No. 770,\4\ 
which, among other things, revised the Commission's regulations to 
change the process for filing EQRs. In Order No. 770, the Commission 
announced that, due to technology changes that will render the current 
filing process outmoded, ineffective, and unsustainable, the Commission 
will discontinue the use of Commission-distributed software to file an 
EQR. The Commission reported that, instead, it will adopt a web-based 
approach to filing EQRs that will allow a public or non-public utility 
to file an EQR directly through the Commission's Web site, either 
through a web interface or by submitting an Extensible Mark-Up 
Language-formatted file. The Commission stated that the changes to the 
process for filing EQRs would apply to EQR filings beginning with the 
Q3 2013 EQR.\5\
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    \4\ Revisions to Electric Quarterly Report Filing Process, Order 
No. 770, FERC Stats. & Regs. ] 31,338 (2012).
    \5\ Id. PP 1, 47.
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    3. On October 10, 2013, the Commission notified all public and non-
public utilities that they were not to file Q3 2013 EQRs until the web-
based approach was available.\6\ The Commission extended the deadline 
for public and non-public utilities to file Q3

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2013 EQRs from October 31, 2013 to a date to be determined.
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    \6\ Filing Requirements for El. Utility S.A., 145 FERC ] 61,031 
(2013).
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    4. On December 27, 2013, the Commission notified all public and 
non-public utilities that they were not to file Q4 2013 EQRs until 
after the web-based approach was available.\7\ The Commission extended 
the deadline for public and non-public utilities to file Q4 2013 EQRs 
from January 31, 2014 to a date to be determined. The Commission stated 
that it would issue a notice that would notify all public and non-
public utility EQR filers when the new web-based approach was available 
and provide the new deadline for filing Q3 and Q4 2013 EQRs.
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    \7\ Filing Requirements for El. Utility S.A., 145 FERC ] 61,282 
(2013).
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    5. The Commission hereby notifies all public and non-public 
utilities that they are to file Q3 2013 EQRs during the period April 1, 
2014 to April 30, 2014.
    6. The Commission further notifies all public and non-public 
utilities that they are to file Q4 2013 EQRs during the period May 1, 
2014 to May 31, 2014.
    7. The Commission further notifies all public and non-public 
utilities that they are not to file Q1 2014 EQRs during the period 
April 1, 2014 to April 30, 2014. The Commission hereby extends the 
deadline for public and non-public utilities to file Q1 2014 EQRs to 
the period June 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014.
    8. EQRs for the second quarter (Q2) 2014 will be due during the 
normal filing period of July 1, 2014 to July 31, 2014 and all 
subsequent filings will be due during the normal filing period, unless 
otherwise directed by the Commission.
    9. The Commission understands that it may take parties some time to 
become proficient with the new filing system. As a result, the 
Commission does not intend to penalize parties that are making best 
efforts for the Q3 2013 EQRs, the Q4 2013 EQRs, and the Q1 2014 EQRs. 
In that regard, the Commission strongly encourages parties to utilize 
the month of March 2014 to assure that they are well prepared for the 
first filing period under the new system. Parties should assure that 
they are properly eRegistered through the Commission's Web site and 
that they have tested their filing processes through the Commission's 
EQR Sandbox. Finally, the Commission strongly encourages parties to 
file early in the filing period and use the ``Test-Only'' functionality 
in the filing system so that any issues may be addressed well before 
the final filing deadline. Finally, the Commission reminds parties that 
staff is available to answer questions, as directed by Order No. 
770.\8\ Questions may be submitted via email to: [email protected].
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    \8\ Order No. 770, FERC Stats. & Regs. ] 31,338 at P 12.
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    The Commission orders:
    (A) The period for filing Q3 2013 EQRs will be April 1, 2014 to 
April 30, 2014.
    (B) The period for filing Q4 2013 EQRs will be May 1, 2014 to May 
31, 2014.
    (C) The period for filing Q1 2014 EQRs is hereby extended, as 
discussed in the body of this order, to June 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014.
    (D) The period for filing Q2 2014 EQRs, as discussed in the body of 
this order, will remain July 1, 2014 to July 31, 2014. All other filing 
periods shall remain the same, unless otherwise directed by the 
Commission.

    Dated: Issued February 28, 2014.

    By the Commission.
Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2014-05337 Filed 3-11-14; 8:45 am]
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