FERC Urges DC Circ. To Back Group's Power To Fine Feds
By Linda Chiem
Law360, New York (October 17, 2013, 1:14 PM ET) -- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission told the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday that the Federal Power Act authorizes a nonprofit industry group overseeing the nation’s electric grids to fine all users, owners and operators of bulk-power systems, including federal agencies, for not meeting reliability standards.
In a 97-page brief to the D.C. Circuit, FERC defended its decision affirming a $19,500 fine that the North American Electric Reliability Corp. assessed in July 2011 against the Southwestern Power Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Energy, for violations...