16 U.S. Code § 796 - Definitions

The words defined in this section shall have the following meanings for purposes of this chapter, to wit:
(1) “public lands” means such lands and interest in lands owned by the United States as are subject to private appropriation and disposal under public land laws. It shall not include “reservations”, as hereinafter defined;
(2) “reservations” means national forests, tribal lands embraced within Indian reservations, military reservations, and other lands and interests in lands owned by the United States, and withdrawn, reserved, or withheld from private appropriation and disposal under the public land laws; also lands and interests in lands acquired and held for any public purposes; but shall not include national monuments or national parks;
(3) “corporation” means any corporation, joint-stock company, partnership, association, business trust, organized group of persons, whether incorporated or not, or a receiver or receivers, trustee or trustees of any of the foregoing. It shall not include “municipalities” as hereinafter defined;
(4) “person” means an individual or a corporation;
(5) “licensee” means any person, State, or municipality licensed under the provisions of section 797 of this title, and any assignee or successor in interest thereof;
(6) “State” means a State admitted to the Union, the District of Columbia, and any organized Territory of the United States;
(7) “municipality” means a city, county, irrigation district, drainage district, or other political subdivision or agency of a State competent under the laws thereof to carry on the business of developing, transmitting, utilizing, or distributing power;
(8) “navigable waters” means those parts of streams or other bodies of water over which Congress has jurisdiction under its authority to regulate commerce with foreign nations and among the several States, and which either in their natural or improved condition notwithstanding interruptions between the navigable parts of such streams or waters by falls, shallows, or rapids compelling land carriage, are used or suitable for use for the transportation of persons or property in interstate or foreign commerce, including therein all such interrupting falls, shallows, or rapids, together with such other parts of streams as shall have been authorized by Congress for improvement by the United States or shall have been recommended to Congress for such improvement after investigation under its authority;
(9) “municipal purposes” means and includes all purposes within municipal powers as defined by the constitution or laws of the State or by the charter of the municipality;
(10) “Government dam” means a dam or other work constructed or owned by the United States for Government purposes with or without contribution from others;
(11) “project” means complete unit of improvement or development, consisting of a power house, all water conduits, all dams and appurtenant works and structures (including navigation structures) which are a part of said unit, and all storage, diverting, or forebay reservoirs directly connected therewith, the primary line or lines transmitting power therefrom to the point of junction with the distribution system or with the interconnected primary transmission system, all miscellaneous structures used and useful in connection with said unit or any part thereof, and all water-rights, rights-of-way, ditches, dams, reservoirs, lands, or interest in lands the use and occupancy of which are necessary or appropriate in the maintenance and operation of such unit;
(12) “project works” means the physical structures of a project;
(13) “net investment” in a project means the actual legitimate original cost thereof as defined and interpreted in the “classification of investment in road and equipment of steam roads, issue of 1914, Interstate Commerce Commission”, plus similar costs of additions thereto and betterments thereof, minus the sum of the following items properly allocated thereto, if and to the extent that such items have been accumulated during the period of the license from earnings in excess of a fair return on such investment: (a) Unappropriated surplus, (b) aggregate credit balances of current depreciation accounts, and (c) aggregate appropriations of surplus or income held in amortization, sinking fund, or similar reserves, or expended for additions or betterments or used for the purposes for which such reserves were created. The term “cost” shall include, insofar as applicable, the elements thereof prescribed in said classification, but shall not include expenditures from funds obtained through donations by States, municipalities, individuals, or others, and said classification of investment of the Interstate Commerce Commission shall insofar as applicable be published and promulgated as a part of the rules and regulations of the Commission;
(14) “Commission” and “Commissioner” means the Federal Power Commission, and a member thereof, respectively;
(15) “State commission” means the regulatory body of the State or municipality having jurisdiction to regulate rates and charges for the sale of electric energy to consumers within the State or municipality;
(16) “security” means any note, stock, treasury stock, bond, debenture, or other evidence of interest in or indebtedness of a corporation subject to the provisions of this chapter;
(17)
(A) “small power production facility” means a facility which is an eligible solar, wind, waste, or geothermal facility, or a facility which—
(i) produces electric energy solely by the use, as a primary energy source, of biomass, waste, renewable resources, geothermal resources, or any combination thereof; and
(ii) has a power production capacity which, together with any other facilities located at the same site (as determined by the Commission), is not greater than 80 megawatts;
(B) “primary energy source” means the fuel or fuels used for the generation of electric energy, except that such term does not include, as determined under rules prescribed by the Commission, in consultation with the Secretary of Energy—
(i) the minimum amounts of fuel required for ignition, startup, testing, flame stabilization, and control uses, and
(ii) the minimum amounts of fuel required to alleviate or prevent—
(I) unanticipated equipment outages, and
(II) emergencies, directly affecting the public health, safety, or welfare, which would result from electric power outages;
(C) “qualifying small power production facility” means a small power production facility that the Commission determines, by rule, meets such requirements (including requirements respecting fuel use, fuel efficiency, and reliability) as the Commission may, by rule, prescribe;
(D) “qualifying small power producer” means the owner or operator of a qualifying small power production facility;
(E) “eligible solar, wind, waste or geothermal facility” means a facility which produces electric energy solely by the use, as a primary energy source, of solar energy, wind energy, waste resources or geothermal resources; but only if—
(i) either of the following is submitted to the Commission not later than December 31, 1994:
(I) an application for certification of the facility as a qualifying small power production facility; or
(II) notice that the facility meets the requirements for qualification; and
(ii) construction of such facility commences not later than December 31, 1999, or, if not, reasonable diligence is exercised toward the completion of such facility taking into account all factors relevant to construction of the facility. [1]
(18)
(A) “cogeneration facility” means a facility which produces—
(i) electric energy, and
(ii) steam or forms of useful energy (such as heat) which are used for industrial, commercial, heating, or cooling purposes;
(B) “qualifying cogeneration facility” means a cogeneration facility that the Commission determines, by rule, meets such requirements (including requirements respecting minimum size, fuel use, and fuel efficiency) as the Commission may, by rule, prescribe;
(C) “qualifying cogenerator” means the owner or operator of a qualifying cogeneration facility;
(19) “Federal power marketing agency” means any agency or instrumentality of the United States (other than the Tennessee Valley Authority) which sells electric energy;
(20) “evidentiary hearings” and “evidentiary proceeding” mean a proceeding conducted as provided in sections 554, 556, and 557 of title 5;
(21) “State regulatory authority” has the same meaning as the term “State commission”, except that in the case of an electric utility with respect to which the Tennessee Valley Authority has ratemaking authority (as defined in section 2602 of this title), such term means the Tennessee Valley Authority;
(22) Electric utility.—
(A) The term “electric utility” means a person or Federal or State agency (including an entity described in section 824 (f) of this title) that sells electric energy. [1]
(B) The term “electric utility” includes the Tennessee Valley Authority and each Federal power marketing administration. [1]
(23) Transmitting utility.— The term “transmitting utility” means an entity (including an entity described in section 824 (f) of this title) that owns, operates, or controls facilities used for the transmission of electric energy—
(A) in interstate commerce;
(B) for the sale of electric energy at wholesale. [1]
(24) Wholesale transmission services.— The term “wholesale transmission services” means the transmission of electric energy sold, or to be sold, at wholesale in interstate commerce. [1]
(25) Exempt wholesale generator.— The term “exempt wholesale generator” shall have the meaning provided by section 79z–5a  [2] of title 15. [1]
(26) Electric cooperative.— The term “electric cooperative” means a cooperatively owned electric utility. [1]
(27) RTO.— The term “Regional Transmission Organization” or “RTO” means an entity of sufficient regional scope approved by the Commission—
(A) to exercise operational or functional control of facilities used for the transmission of electric energy in interstate commerce; and
(B) to ensure nondiscriminatory access to the facilities. [1]
(28) ISO.— The term “Independent System Operator” or “ISO” means an entity approved by the Commission—
(A) to exercise operational or functional control of facilities used for the transmission of electric energy in interstate commerce; and
(B) to ensure nondiscriminatory access to the facilities. [3]
(29) Transmission organization.— The term “Transmission Organization” means a Regional Transmission Organization, Independent System Operator, independent transmission provider, or other transmission organization finally approved by the Commission for the operation of transmission facilities.


[1]  So in original. The period probably should be a semicolon.

[2]  See References in Text note below.

[3]  So in original. The period probably should be “; and”.

Source

(June 10, 1920, ch. 285, pt. I, § 3,41 Stat. 1063; renumbered pt. I and amended, Aug. 26, 1935, ch. 687, title II, §§ 201, 212,49 Stat. 838, 847; Pub. L. 95–617, title II, § 201,Nov. 9, 1978, 92 Stat. 3134; Pub. L. 96–294, title VI, § 643(a)(1),June 30, 1980, 94 Stat. 770; Pub. L. 101–575, § 3,Nov. 15, 1990, 104 Stat. 2834; Pub. L. 102–46, May 17, 1991, 105 Stat. 249; Pub. L. 102–486, title VII, § 726,Oct. 24, 1992, 106 Stat. 2921; Pub. L. 109–58, title XII, §§ 1253(b), 1291(b),Aug. 8, 2005, 119 Stat. 970, 984.)
References in Text

Section 79z–5a of title 15, referred to in par. (25), was repealed by Pub. L. 109–58, title XII, § 1263,Aug. 8, 2005, 119 Stat. 974.
Amendments

2005—Par. (17)(C). Pub. L. 109–58, § 1253(b)(1), amended subpar. (C) generally. Prior to amendment, subpar. (C) read as follows: “ ‘qualifying small power production facility’ means a small power production facility—
“(i) which the Commission determines, by rule, meets such requirements (including requirements respecting fuel use, fuel efficiency, and reliability) as the Commission may, by rule, prescribe; and
“(ii) which is owned by a person not primarily engaged in the generation or sale of electric power (other than electric power solely from cogeneration facilities or small power production facilities);”.
Par. (18)(B). Pub. L. 109–58, § 1253(b)(2), amended subpar. (B) generally. Prior to amendment, subpar. (B) read as follows: “ ‘qualifying cogeneration facility’ means a cogeneration facility which—
“(i) the Commission determines, by rule, meets such requirements (including requirements respecting minimum size, fuel use, and fuel efficiency) as the Commission may, by rule, prescribe; and
“(ii) is owned by a person not primarily engaged in the generation or sale of electric power (other than electric power solely from cogeneration facilities or small power production facilities);”.
Pars. (22), (23). Pub. L. 109–58, § 1291(b)(1), added pars. (22) and (23) and struck out former pars. (22) and (23) which read as follows:
“(22) ‘electric utility’ means any person or State agency (including any municipality) which sells electric energy; such term includes the Tennessee Valley Authority, but does not include any Federal power marketing agency.
“(23) Transmitting utility.—The term ‘transmitting utility’ means any electric utility, qualifying cogeneration facility, qualifying small power production facility, or Federal power marketing agency which owns or operates electric power transmission facilities which are used for the sale of electric energy at wholesale.”
Pars. (26) to (29). Pub. L. 109–58, § 1291(b)(2), added pars. (26) to (29).
1992—Par. (22). Pub. L. 102–486, § 726(b), inserted “(including any municipality)” after “State agency”.
Pars. (23) to (25). Pub. L. 102–486, § 726(a), added pars. (23) to (25).
1991—Par. (17)(E). Pub. L. 102–46struck out “, and which would otherwise not qualify as a small power production facility because of the power production capacity limitation contained in subparagraph (A)(ii)” after “geothermal resources” in introductory provisions.
1990—Par. (17)(A). Pub. L. 101–575, § 3(a), inserted “a facility which is an eligible solar, wind, waste, or geothermal facility, or”.
Par. (17)(E). Pub. L. 101–575, § 3(b), added subpar. (E).
1980—Par. (17)(A)(i). Pub. L. 96–294added applicability to geothermal resources.
1978—Pars. (17) to (22). Pub. L. 95–617added pars. (17) to (22).
1935—Act Aug. 26, 1935, § 201, amended definitions of “reservations” and “corporations”, and inserted definitions of “person”, “licensee”, “commission”, “commissioner”, “State commission” and “security”.
FERC Regulations

Pub. L. 101–575, § 4,Nov. 15, 1990, 104 Stat. 2834, provided that: “Unless the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission otherwise specifies, by rule after enactment of this Act [Nov. 15, 1990], any eligible solar, wind, waste, or geothermal facility (as defined in section 3(17)(E) of the Federal Power Act as amended by this Act [16 U.S.C. 796 (17)(E)]), which is a qualifying small power production facility (as defined in subparagraph (C) of section 3(17) of the Federal Power Act as amended by this Act)—
“(1) shall be considered a qualifying small power production facility for purposes of part 292 of title 18, Code of Federal Regulations, notwithstanding any size limitations contained in such part, and
“(2) shall not be subject to the size limitation contained in section 292.601(b) of such part.”
State Authorities; Construction

Pub. L. 102–486, title VII, § 731,Oct. 24, 1992, 106 Stat. 2921, provided that: “Nothing in this title [enacting sections 824l, 824m, and 825o–1 of this title and former sections 79z–5a and 79z–5b of Title 15, Commerce and Trade, and amending this section, sections 824, 824j, 824k, 825n, 825o, and 2621 of this title, and provisions formerly set out as a note under former section 79k of Title 15] or in any amendment made by this title shall be construed as affecting or intending to affect, or in any way to interfere with, the authority of any State or local government relating to environmental protection or the siting of facilities.”
Termination of Federal Power Commission; Transfer of Functions

Federal Power Commission terminated and functions, personnel, property, funds, etc., transferred to Secretary of Energy (except for certain functions transferred to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) by sections 7151 (b), 7171 (a), 7172 (a), 7291, and 7293 of Title 42, The Public Health and Welfare.
Abolition of Interstate Commerce Commission and Transfer of Functions

Interstate Commerce Commission abolished and functions of Commission transferred, except as otherwise provided in Pub. L. 104–88, to Surface Transportation Board effective Jan. 1, 1996, by section 702 of Title 49, Transportation, and section 101 ofPub. L. 104–88, set out as a note under section 701 of Title 49. References to Interstate Commerce Commission deemed to refer to Surface Transportation Board, a member or employee of the Board, or Secretary of Transportation, as appropriate, see section 205 ofPub. L. 104–88, set out as a note under section 701 of Title 49.

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16 USCDescription of ChangeSession YearPublic LawStatutes at Large

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10 CFR - Energy

10 CFR Part 205 - ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES AND SANCTIONS

18 CFR - Conservation of Power and Water Resources

18 CFR Part 1b - RULES RELATING TO INVESTIGATIONS

18 CFR Part 1c - PROHIBITION OF ENERGY MARKET MANIPULATION

18 CFR Part 2 - GENERAL POLICY AND INTERPRETATIONS

18 CFR Part 3 - [Reserved]

18 CFR Part 5 - INTEGRATED LICENSE APPLICATION PROCESS

18 CFR Part 8 - RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AND DEVELOPMENT AT LICENSED PROJECTS

18 CFR Part 11 - ANNUAL CHARGES UNDER PART I OF THE FEDERAL POWER ACT

18 CFR Part 12 - SAFETY OF WATER POWER PROJECTS AND PROJECT WORKS

18 CFR Part 16 - PROCEDURES RELATING TO TAKEOVER AND RELICENSING OF LICENSED PROJECTS

18 CFR Part 20 - AUTHORIZATION OF THE ISSUANCE OF SECURITIES BY LICENSEES AND COMPANIES SUBJECT TO SECTIONS 19 AND 20 OF THE FEDERAL POWER ACT

18 CFR Part 24 - DECLARATION OF INTENTION

18 CFR Part 32 - INTERCONNECTION OF FACILITIES

18 CFR Part 33 - APPLICATIONS UNDER FEDERAL POWER ACT SECTION 203

18 CFR Part 34 - APPLICATION FOR AUTHORIZATION OF THE ISSUANCE OF SECURITIES OR THE ASSUMPTION OF LIABILITIES

18 CFR Part 35 - FILING OF RATE SCHEDULES AND TARIFFS

18 CFR Part 36 - RULES CONCERNING APPLICATIONS FOR TRANSMISSION SERVICES UNDER SECTION 211 OF THE FEDERAL POWER ACT

18 CFR Part 37 - OPEN ACCESS SAME-TIME INFORMATION SYSTEMS

18 CFR Part 41 - ACCOUNTS, RECORDS, MEMORANDA AND DISPOSITION OF CONTESTED AUDIT FINDINGS AND PROPOSED REMEDIES

18 CFR Part 42 - LONG-TERM FIRM TRANSMISSION RIGHTS IN ORGANIZED ELECTRICITY MARKETS

18 CFR Part 45 - APPLICATION FOR AUTHORITY TO HOLD INTERLOCKING POSITIONS

18 CFR Part 46 - PUBLIC UTILITY FILING REQUIREMENTS AND FILING REQUIREMENTS FOR PERSONS HOLDING INTERLOCKING POSITIONS

18 CFR Part 101 - UNIFORM SYSTEM OF ACCOUNTS PRESCRIBED FOR PUBLIC UTILITIES AND LICENSEES SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE FEDERAL POWER ACT

18 CFR Part 131 - FORMS

18 CFR Part 141 - STATEMENTS AND REPORTS (SCHEDULES)

18 CFR Part 154 - RATE SCHEDULES AND TARIFFS

18 CFR Part 225 - PRESERVATION OF RECORDS OF NATURAL GAS COMPANIES

18 CFR Part 260 - STATEMENTS AND REPORTS (SCHEDULES)

18 CFR Part 290 - COLLECTION OF COST OF SERVICE INFORMATION UNDER SECTION 133 OF THE PUBLIC UTILITY REGULATORY POLICIES ACT OF 1978

18 CFR Part 292 - REGULATIONS UNDER SECTIONS 201 AND 210 OF THE PUBLIC UTILITY REGULATORY POLICIES ACT OF 1978 WITH REGARD TO SMALL POWER PRODUCTION AND COGENERATION

18 CFR Part 294 - PROCEDURES FOR SHORTAGES OF ELECTRIC ENERGY AND CAPACITY UNDER SECTION 206 OF THE PUBLIC UTILITY REGULATORY POLICIES ACT OF 1978

18 CFR Part 358 - STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

18 CFR Part 375 - THE COMMISSION

18 CFR Part 381 - FEES

18 CFR Part 382 - ANNUAL CHARGES

18 CFR Part 385 - RULES OF PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE

18 CFR Part 390 - ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION

33 CFR - Navigation and Navigable Waters

33 CFR Part 221 - WORK FOR OTHERS

 

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