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Order on Intent To Revoke Market-Based Rate Authority

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Issued January 31, 2012.

Before Commissioners: Jon Wellinghoff, Chairman; Philip D. Moeller, John R. Norris, and Cheryl A. LaFleur.

In the matter of: ER02-2001-017, Electric Quarterly Reports, ER07-491-000, Acacia Energy, Inc., ER07-155-000, LBPC Power, Inc., ER01-2311-000, Nordic Energy, L.L.C., ER03-888-000, Nordic Marketing of Illinois, L.L.C., ER04-264-000, Nordic Marketing of Michigan, L.L.C., ER00-774-000, Nordic Marketing, L.L.C., ER07-594-000, Pirin Solutions, Inc., ER95-581-000, Tennessee Power Company.

1. Section 205 of the Federal Power Act (FPA), 16 U.S.C. 824d (2006), and 18 CFR part 35 (2011), require, among other things, that all rates, terms, and conditions of jurisdictional services be filed with the Commission. In Order No. 2001, the Commission revised its public utility filing requirements and established a requirement for public utilities, including power marketers, to file Electric Quarterly Reports summarizing the contractual terms and conditions in their agreements for all jurisdictional services (including market-based power sales, cost-based power sales, and transmission service) and providing transaction information (including rates) for short-term and long-term power sales during the most recent calendar quarter.[1]

2. Commission staff's review of the Electric Quarterly Report submittals indicates that eight public utilities with authority to sell electric power at market-based rates have failed to file their Electric Quarterly Reports. This order notifies these public utilities that their market-based rate authorizations will be revoked unless they comply with the Commission's requirements within 15 days of the date of issuance of this order.

3. In Order No. 2001, the Commission stated that,

[i]f a public utility fails to file a[n] Electric Quarterly Report (without an appropriate request for extension), or fails to report an agreement in a report, that public utility may forfeit its market-based rate authority and may be required to file a new application for market-based rate authority if it wishes to resume making sales at market-based rates.[2]

4. The Commission further stated that,

[o]nce this rule becomes effective, the requirement to comply with this rule will supersede the conditions in public utilities' market-based rate authorizations, and failure to comply with the requirements of this rule will subject public utilities to the same consequences they would face for not satisfying the conditions in their rate authorizations, including possible revocation of their authority to make wholesale power sales at market-based rates.[3]

5. Pursuant to these requirements, the Commission has revoked the market-based rate tariffs of several market-based rate sellers that failed to submit their Electric Quarterly Reports.[4]

6. As noted above, Commission staff's review of the Electric Quarterly Report submittals identified eight public utilities with authority to sell power at market-based rates that failed to file Electric Quarterly Reports.[5] Commission staff contacted these entities to remind them of their regulatory obligations.[6] Despite these reminders, the eight public utilities listed in the caption of this order have not met these obligations. Accordingly, this order notifies these public utilities that their market-based rate authorizations will be revoked unless they comply with the Commission's requirements within 15 days of the issuance of this order.

7. In the event that any of the above-captioned market-based rate sellers has already filed its Electric Quarterly Reports in compliance with the Commission's requirements, its inclusion herein is inadvertent. Such market-based rate seller is directed, within 15 days of the date of issuance of this order, to make a filing with the Commission identifying itself and providing details about its prior filings that establish that it complied with the Commission's Electric Quarterly Report filing requirements.

8. If any of the above-captioned market-based rate sellers do not wish to continue having market-based rate authority, they may file a notice of cancellation with the Commission pursuant to section 205 of the FPA to cancel their market-based rate tariff.

The Commission orders:

(A) Within 15 days of the date of issuance of this order, each public utility listed in the caption of this order shall file with the Commission all delinquent Electric Quarterly Reports. If a public utility subject to this order fails to make these filings, the Commission will revoke that public utility's authority to sell power at market-based rates and will terminate its electric market-based rate tariff. The Secretary is hereby directed, upon expiration of the filing deadline in this order, to promptly issue a notice, effective on the date of issuance, listing the public utilities whose tariffs have been revoked for failure to comply with the requirements of this order and the Commission's Electric Quarterly Report filing requirements.

(B) The Secretary is hereby directed to publish this order in the Federal Register.

By the Commission.

Kimberly D. Bose,

Secretary.

Footnotes

1.  Revised Public Utility Filing Requirements, Order No. 2001, FERC Stats. & Regs. ¶ 31,127, reh'g denied, Order No. 2001-A, 100 FERC ¶ 61,074, reconsideration and clarification denied, Order No. 2001-B, 100 FERC ¶ 61,342, order directing filings, Order No. 2001-C, 101 FERC ¶ 61,314 (2002), order directing filings, Order No. 2001-D, 102 FERC ¶ 61,334 (2003).

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2.  Order No. 2001, FERC Stats & Regs. ¶ 31,127 at P 222.

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3.  Id. P 223.

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4.  See, e.g., Electric Quarterly Reports, 75 FR 63,468 (Oct. 15, 2010); Electric Quarterly Reports, 75 FR 45,111 (Aug. 2, 2010).

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5.  According to the Commission's records, the companies subject to this order last filed their Electric Quarterly Reports in the quarters and years shown below:

Respondent and Last Quarter Filed

Acacia Energy, Inc.—2010, Quarter 1

LBPC Power, Inc.—2010, Quarter 1

Nordic Energy, L.L.C.—2010, Quarter 2

Nordic Marketing of Illinois, L.L.C.—2010, Quarter 2

Nordic Marketing of Michigan, L.L.C.—2010, Quarter 2

Nordic Marketing, L.L.C.—2010, Quarter 2

Pirin Solutions, Inc.—2010, Quarter 1

Tennessee Power Company—2010, Quarter 1

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6.  See Acacia Energy, Inc., Docket No. ER07-491-000 (Aug. 18, 2011) (unpublished letter order); LBPC Power, Inc., Docket No. ER07-155-000 (Aug. 18, 2011) (unpublished letter order); Nordic Energy, L.L.C., Docket No. ER01-2311-000 (Aug. 18, 2011) (unpublished letter order); Nordic Marketing of Illinois, L.L.C., Docket No. ER03-888-000 (Aug. 18, 2011) (unpublished letter order); Nordic Marketing of Michigan, L.L.C., Docket No. ER04-264-000 (Aug. 18, 2011) (unpublished letter order); Nordic Marketing, L.L.C., Docket No. ER00-774-000 (Aug. 18, 2011) (unpublished letter order); Pirin Solutions, Inc., Docket No. ER07-594-000 (Aug. 18, 2011) (unpublished letter order); Tennessee Power Company, Docket No. ER95-581-000 (Aug. 18, 2011) (unpublished letter order).

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