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Louisiana Public Service Commission v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Pending petition
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
18-153 D.C. Cir. TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Issues: (1) Whether, given the Supreme Court’s holdings that the Federal Power Act pre-empts inconsistent state ratemaking and requires state agencies to treat cost allocations made by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as reasonable, FERC may deny a refund authorized by FPA Section 206(b) based on the threat of a state regulatory commission to violate the supremacy clause by denying recovery of the surcharge needed to make the refund; and (2) whether - when the FERC grants a refund for an unjust and unreasonable holding-company cost allocation, pursuant to its policy to grant refunds for unjust and unreasonable rates, and numerous holding-company refund decisions support the policy - a U.S. court of appeals may, without scrutiny, accept FERC’s subsequent reversal of its refund decision based on its assertion that its previously cited policy never existed, and its reversal of key prior findings without explanation.

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DateProceedings and Orders
Aug 01 2018Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due September 4, 2018)
Sep 04 2018Motion to extend the time to file a response from September 4, 2018 to October 4, 2018, submitted to The Clerk.
Sep 04 2018Brief amicus curiae of Arkansas Public Service Commission in support of respondent filed.
Sep 05 2018Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including October 4, 2018.
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