18 CFR 385.206 - Complaints (Rule 206).

§ 385.206 Complaints (Rule 206).
(a) General rule. Any person may file a complaint seeking Commission action against any other person alleged to be in contravention or violation of any statute, rule, order, or other law administered by the Commission, or for any other alleged wrong over which the Commission may have jurisdiction.
(b) Contents. A complaint must:
(1) Clearly identify the action or inaction which is alleged to violate applicable statutory standards or regulatory requirements;
(2) Explain how the action or inaction violates applicable statutory standards or regulatory requirements;
(3) Set forth the business, commercial, economic or other issues presented by the action or inaction as such relate to or affect the complainant;
(4) Make a good faith effort to quantify the financial impact or burden (if any) created for the complainant as a result of the action or inaction;
(5) Indicate the practical, operational, or other nonfinancial impacts imposed as a result of the action or inaction, including, where applicable, the environmental, safety or reliability impacts of the action or inaction;
(6) State whether the issues presented are pending in an existing Commission proceeding or a proceeding in any other forum in which the complainant is a party, and if so, provide an explanation why timely resolution cannot be achieved in that forum;
(7) State the specific relief or remedy requested, including any request for stay or extension of time, and the basis for that relief;
(8) Include all documents that support the facts in the complaint in possession of, or otherwise attainable by, the complainant, including, but not limited to, contracts and affidavits;
(9) State
(i) Whether the Enforcement Hotline, Dispute Resolution Service, tariff-based dispute resolution mechanisms, or other informal dispute resolution procedures were used, or why these procedures were not used;
(ii) Whether the complainant believes that alternative dispute resolution (ADR) under the Commission's supervision could successfully resolve the complaint;
(iii) What types of ADR procedures could be used; and
(iv) Any process that has been agreed on for resolving the complaint.
(10) Include a form of notice of the complaint suitable for publication in the Federal Register in accordance with the specifications in § 385.203(d) of this part. The form of notice shall be on electronic media as specified by the Secretary.
(11) Explain with respect to requests for Fast Track processing pursuant to section 385.206(h), why the standard processes will not be adequate for expeditiously resolving the complaint.
(c) Service. Any person filing a complaint must serve a copy of the complaint on the respondent, affected regulatory agencies, and others the complainant reasonably knows may be expected to be affected by the complaint. Service must be simultaneous with filing at the Commission for respondents. Simultaneous or overnight service is permissible for other affected entities. Simultaneous service can be accomplished by electronic mail in accordance with § 385.2010(f)(3), facsimile, express delivery, or messenger.
(d) Notice. Public notice of the complaint will be issued by the Commission.
(e) [Reserved]
(f) Answers, interventions and comments. Unless otherwise ordered by the Commission, answers, interventions, and comments to a complaint must be filed within 20 days after the complaint is filed. In cases where the complainant requests privileged treatment for information in its complaint, answers, interventions, and comments are due within 30 days after the complaint is filed. In the event there is an objection to the protective agreement, the Commission will establish when answers will be due.
(g) Complaint resolution paths. One of the following procedures may be used to resolve complaints:
(1) The Commission may assign a case to be resolved through alternative dispute resolution procedures in accordance with §§ 385.604-385.606, in cases where the affected parties consent, or the Commission may order the appointment of a settlement judge in accordance with § 385.603;
(2) The Commission may issue an order on the merits based upon the pleadings;
(3) The Commission may establish a hearing before an ALJ;
(h) Fast Track processing.
(1) The Commission may resolve complaints using Fast Track procedures if the complaint requires expeditious resolution. Fast Track procedures may include expedited action on the pleadings by the Commission, expedited hearing before an ALJ, or expedited action on requests for stay, extension of time, or other relief by the Commission or an ALJ.
(2) A complainant may request Fast Track processing of a complaint by including such a request in its complaint, captioning the complaint in bold type face “COMPLAINT REQUESTING FAST TRACK PROCESSING,” and explaining why expedition is necessary as required by section 385.206(b)(11).
(3) Based on an assessment of the need for expedition, the period for filing answers, interventions and comments to a complaint requesting Fast Track processing may be shortened by the Commission from the time provided in section 385.206(f).
(4) After the answer is filed, the Commission will issue promptly an order specifying the procedure and any schedule to be followed.
(i) Simplified procedure for small controversies. A simplified procedure for complaints involving small controversies is found in section 385.218 of this subpart.
(j) Satisfaction.
(1) If the respondent to a complaint satisfies such complaint, in whole or in part, either before or after an answer is filed, the complainant and the respondent must sign and file:
(i) A statement setting forth when and how the complaint was satisfied; and
(ii) A motion for dismissal of, or an amendment to, the complaint based on the satisfaction.
(2) The decisional authority may order the submission of additional information before acting on a motion for dismissal or an amendment under paragraph (c)(1)(ii) of this section.
[Order 225, 47 FR 19022, May 3, 1982, as amended by Order 602, 64 FR 17097, Apr. 8, 1999; Order 602-A, 64 FR 43608, Aug. 11, 1999; Order 647, 69 FR 32440, June 10, 2004; Order 769, 77 FR 65476, Oct. 29, 2012]

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United States Code
U.S. Code: Title 5 - GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION AND EMPLOYEES
U.S. Code: Title 15 - COMMERCE AND TRADE

§ 717 - Regulation of natural gas companies

§ 717a - Definitions

§ 717b - Exportation or importation of natural gas; LNG terminals

15 U.S. Code § 717b–1 - State and local safety considerations

§ 717c - Rates and charges

15 U.S. Code § 717c–1 - Prohibition on market manipulation

§ 717d - Fixing rates and charges; determination of cost of production or transportation

§ 717e - Ascertainment of cost of property

§ 717f - Construction, extension, or abandonment of facilities

§ 717g - Accounts; records; memoranda

§ 717h - Rates of depreciation

§ 717i - Periodic and special reports

§ 717j - State compacts for conservation, transportation, etc., of natural gas

§ 717k - Officials dealing in securities

15 U.S. Code § -

§ 717m - Investigations by Commission

§ 717n - Process coordination; hearings; rules of procedure

15 U.S. Code § -

§ 717p - Joint boards

§ 717q - Appointment of officers and employees

§ 717r - Rehearing and review

§ 717s - Enforcement of chapter

§ 717t - General penalties

15 U.S. Code § 717t–1 - Civil penalty authority

15 U.S. Code § 717t–2 - Natural gas market transparency rules

§ 717u - Jurisdiction of offenses; enforcement of liabilities and duties

§ 717v - Separability

§ 717w - Short title

§ 717x - Conserved natural gas

§ 717y - Voluntary conversion of natural gas users to heavy fuel oil

§ 717z - Emergency conversion of utilities and other facilities

§ 3301 - Definitions

§ 3311 to 3320, 3331 to 3333 - Repealed.

§ 3341 to 3348 - Repealed.

§ 3361 - Declaration of emergency

§ 3362 - Emergency purchase authority

§ 3363 - Emergency allocation authority

§ 3364 - Miscellaneous provisions

§ 3371 - Authorization of certain sales and transportation

§ 3372 - Assignment of contractual rights to receive surplus natural gas

§ 3373 - Effect of certain natural gas prices on indefinite price escalator clauses

§ 3374 - Clauses prohibiting certain sales, transportation, and commingling

§ 3375 - Filing of contracts and agreements

§ 3391 - Natural gas for essential agricultural uses

§ 3391a - “Essential agricultural use” defined

§ 3392 - Natural gas for essential industrial process and feedstock uses

§ 3393 - Establishment and implementation of priorities

§ 3394 - Limitation on revoking or amending certain pre-1969 certificates of public convenience and necessity

§ 3411 - General rulemaking authority

§ 3412 - Administrative procedure

§ 3413 - Repealed.

§ 3414 - Enforcement

§ 3415 - Intervention

§ 3416 - Judicial review

§ 3417 - Repealed.

§ 3418 - Applicability of other Federal statutory provisions relating to information-gathering

§ 3431 - Coordination with the Natural Gas Act

§ 3432 - Effect on State laws

U.S. Code: Title 16 - CONSERVATION

§ 792 - Federal Power Commission; creation; number; appointment; term; qualifications; vacancies; quorum; chairman; salary; place of holding sessions

§ 793 - Appointment of officers and employees of Commission; duties, and salaries; detail of officers and employees from other departments; expenditures authorized

§ 793a - Repealed.

§ 794, 795 - Omitted

§ 796 - Definitions

§ 797 - General powers of Commission

§ 797a - Congressional authorization for permits, licenses, leases, or authorizations for dams, conduits, reservoirs, etc., within national parks or monuments

§ 797b - Duty to keep Congress fully and currently informed

§ 797c - Dams in National Park System units

§ 797d - Third party contracting by FERC

§ 798 - Purpose and scope of preliminary permits; transfer and cancellation

§ 799 - License; duration, conditions, revocation, alteration, or surrender

§ 800 - Issuance of preliminary permits or licenses

§ 801 - Transfer of license; obligations of transferee

§ 802 - Information to accompany application for license; landowner notification

§ 803 - Conditions of license generally

§ 804 - Project works affecting navigable waters; requirements insertable in license

§ 805 - Participation by Government in costs of locks, etc.

§ 806 - Time limit for construction of project works; extension of time; termination or revocation of licenses for delay

§ 807 - Right of Government to take over project works

§ 808 - New licenses and renewals

§ 809 - Temporary use by Government of project works for national safety; compensation for use

§ 810 - Disposition of charges arising from licenses

§ 811 - Operation of navigation facilities; rules and regulations; penalties

§ 812 - Public-service licensee; regulations by State or by commission as to service, rates, charges, etc.

§ 813 - Power entering into interstate commerce; regulation of rates, charges, etc.

§ 814 - Exercise by licensee of power of eminent domain

§ 815 - Contract to furnish power extending beyond period of license; obligations of new licensee

§ 816 - Preservation of rights vested prior to June 10, 1920

§ 817 - Projects not affecting navigable waters; necessity for Federal license, permit or right-of-way; unauthorized activities

§ 818 - Public lands included in project; reservation of lands from entry

§ 819 - Repealed. Aug. 26, 1935, ch. 687, title II,

§ 820 - Proceedings for revocation of license or to prevent violations of license

§ 821 - State laws and water rights unaffected

§ 822 - Reservation of right to alter or repeal chapter

§ 823 - Repeal of inconsistent laws

§ 823a - Conduit hydroelectric facilities

§ 823b - Enforcement

§ 823c - Alaska State jurisdiction over small hydroelectric projects

§ 823d - Alternative conditions and prescriptions

§ 824 - Declaration of policy; application of subchapter

§ 824a - Interconnection and coordination of facilities; emergencies; transmission to foreign countries

16 U.S. Code § 824a–1 - Pooling

16 U.S. Code § 824a–2 - Reliability

16 U.S. Code § 824a–3 - Cogeneration and small power production

16 U.S. Code § 824a–4 - Seasonal diversity electricity exchange

§ 824b - Disposition of property; consolidations; purchase of securities

§ 824c - Issuance of securities; assumption of liabilities

§ 824d - Rates and charges; schedules; suspension of new rates; automatic adjustment clauses

§ 824e - Power of Commission to fix rates and charges; determination of cost of production or transmission

§ 824f - Ordering furnishing of adequate service

§ 824g - Ascertainment of cost of property and depreciation

§ 824h - References to State boards by Commission

§ 824i - Interconnection authority

§ 824j - Wheeling authority

16 U.S. Code § 824j–1 - Open access by unregulated transmitting utilities

§ 824k - Orders requiring interconnection or wheeling

16 U.S. Code § -

§ 824m - Sales by exempt wholesale generators

§ 824n - Repealed.

16 U.S. Code § -

§ 824p - Siting of interstate electric transmission facilities

§ 824q - Native load service obligation

§ 824r - Protection of transmission contracts in the Pacific Northwest

§ 824s - Transmission infrastructure investment

§ 824t - Electricity market transparency rules

§ 824u - Prohibition on filing false information

§ 824v - Prohibition of energy market manipulation

§ 824w - Joint boards on economic dispatch

§ 825 - Accounts and records

§ 825a - Rates of depreciation; notice to State authorities before fixing

§ 825b - Requirements applicable to agencies of United States

§ 825c - Periodic and special reports; obstructing filing reports or keeping accounts, etc.

§ 825d - Officials dealing in securities

§ 825e - Complaints

§ 825f - Investigations by Commission

§ 825g - Hearings; rules of procedure

§ 825h - Administrative powers of Commission; rules, regulations, and orders

§ 825i - Appointment of officers and employees; compensation

§ 825j - Investigations relating to electric energy; reports to Congress

§ 825k - Publication and sale of reports

16 U.S. Code § -

§ 825m - Enforcement provisions

§ 825n - Forfeiture for violations; recovery; applicability

16 U.S. Code § -

16 U.S. Code § -

§ 825p - Jurisdiction of offenses; enforcement of liabilities and duties

§ 825q - Repealed.

16 U.S. Code § 825q–1 - Office of Public Participation

§ 825r - Separability

§ 825s - Sale of electric power from reservoir projects; rate schedules; preference in sale; construction of transmission lines; disposition of moneys

16 U.S. Code § 825s–1 - Southwestern area sale and transmission of electric power; disposition of receipts; creation of continuing fund; use of fund

16 U.S. Code § 825s–2 - Southeastern area sale and transmission of electric power; disposition of receipts; creation of continuing funds; use of fund

16 U.S. Code § 825s–3 - Southwestern area sale at uniform systemwide rates of electric power over transmission lines constructed with appropriated funds or used under contractual arrangements

16 U.S. Code § 825s–4 - Southwestern Power Administration; deposit and availability of advance payments

16 U.S. Code § 825s–5 - Southeastern Power Administration; deposit and availability of advance payments

16 U.S. Code § 825s–6 - Southeastern Power Administration; deposit and availability of discretionary offsetting collections

16 U.S. Code § 825s–7 - Southwestern Power Administration; deposit and availability of discretionary offsetting collections

§ 825t - Utilization of power revenues

§ 825u - Interest rate on power bonds held by Administrator of General Services

§ 828 - Facilitation of development and construction of water conservation facilities; exemption from certain Federal requirements

§ 828a - Definitions

§ 828b - Exemption from formula, books and records, and project cost statement requirements; annual charges

§ 828c - Applicability of this subchapter

§ 2601 - Findings

§ 2602 - Definitions

§ 2603 - Relationship to antitrust laws

§ 2611 - Purposes

§ 2612 - Coverage

§ 2613 - Federal contracts

§ 2621 - Consideration and determination respecting certain ratemaking standards

§ 2622 - Obligations to consider and determine

§ 2623 - Adoption of certain standards

§ 2624 - Lifeline rates

§ 2625 - Special rules for standards

§ 2626 - Reports respecting standards

§ 2627 - Relationship to State law

§ 2631 - Intervention in proceedings

§ 2632 - Consumer representation

§ 2633 - Judicial review and enforcement

§ 2634 - Prior and pending proceedings

§ 2641 - Voluntary guidelines

§ 2642 - Responsibilities of Secretary

§ 2643 - Gathering information on costs of service

§ 2644 - Relationship to other authority

§ 2645 - Utility regulatory institute

U.S. Code: Title 28 - JUDICIARY AND JUDICIAL PROCEDURE
U.S. Code: Title 31 - MONEY AND FINANCE
U.S. Code: Title 42 - THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE
USC: Title 49a
U.S. Code: Title 49 - TRANSPORTATION
Presidential Documents

Executive Order ... 12009