Take notice that on March 20, 2002, The State Of California, ex rel. Bill Lockyer, Attorney General of the State of California (Attorney General), submitted a Complaint alleging that sellers of energy and ancillary services to the California Power Exchange (PX), the California Independent System Operator (ISO), and the California Energy Resources Scheduling Division of the California Department of Resources (CERS) have violated Section 205(c) of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. Section 824d(c)) and an express condition of their grants of market-based rate authority by failing to file their rates in the manner required by law. The Complaint alleges that Respondents' pro forma market-based rate schedules fail to provide FERC an adequate opportunity to determine in advance whether their rates are just and reasonable, and fail to provide the public with adequate notice of the rates to be charged. The Complaint further alleges that the Respondents' quarterly transaction reports, filed by up to four months after the completion of a market-based transaction, do not cure the statutory failure to file all rates prior to the time service commences. The Complaint further alleges that, even if quarterly, after-the-fact reporting of rates were found to comply with Section 205, sellers have failed to report transaction-specific information on their sales to the ISO, PX, and CERS, as required by FERC, negating any claim that their rates are on file. The Complaint seeks an order requiring sellers to: comply with the Section 205 rate filing requirement on a prospective basis; provide transaction-specific information to FERC on all sales to the ISO, PX, and CERS in calendar years 2000-2001; and, to the extent any rates charged are found to exceed just and reasonable levels, refund the difference between the rates charged and a just and reasonable rate, plus interest.
Copies of the Complaint were served via e-mail on all parties to Docket Nos. EL00-95-000 et al. A copy of the Complaint is available on the web site of the California Department of Justice (www.caag.state.ca.us).
Any person desiring to be heard or to protest this filing should file a motion to intervene or protest with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426, in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211 and 385.214). All such motions or protests must be filed on or before April 9, 2002. Protests will be considered by the Commission in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but will not serve to make protestants parties to the proceeding. Any person wishing to become a party must file a motion to intervene. Answers to the complaint shall also be due on or before April 9, 2002. Copies of this filing are on file with the Commission and are available for public inspection. This filing may also be viewed on the web at http://www.ferc.gov using the “RIMS” link, select “Docket#” and follow the instructions (call 202-208-2222 for assistance). Comments, protests, interventions and answers may be filed electronically via the Internet in lieu of paper. See, 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission's web site under the “e-Filing” link.Start Signature
Linwood A. Watson, Jr.,
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