FERC initially closed its headquarters office building to the public on March 16th, with optional telework for its employees. As of May 8th FERC closed its headquarters office building to all personnel and contractors. Work continues on a telework basis, and FERC views the impact to its operations as minimal. https://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/common/OpenNat.asp?fileID=15531933
Deadlines for certain filings due through May 1, 2020 are extended. The extension applies to compliance filings, responses to deficiency letters, rulemaking comments, most periodic reporting forms and filings required by entities’ tariffs or rate schedules. https://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/common/opennat.asp?fileID=15487415
Entities may seek extensions for other deadlines and may seek waiver of Commission orders, regulations, tariffs and rate schedules, as appropriate, and that the Commission will act expeditiously on those other requests. https://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/common/opennat.asp?fileID=15487415
FERC’s Office of Enforcement is postponing all previously scheduled audit site visits and investigative testimony, and will also be receptive to requests for extensions and waivers of compliance filings, forms and EQRs, as appropriate.
Technical conferences scheduled through May 2020 will be conducted via conference call or WebEx, or postponed.
Some hearings have been postponed; others will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
ALJ settlement conferences will continue via conference call.
The Commission and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) announced steps they are taking to ensure that bulk electric system operators can primarily focus their resources on safety and keeping the lights on during this public health emergency. FERC and NERC will consider the effects of the coronavirus in compliance matters. Regional Entities’ on-site audits, certifications and other on-site activities will be postponed. https://ferc.gov/media/news-releases/2020/2020-1/03-18-20.asp