Upcoming Opportunity to Help Guide A Discussion With FERC Staff Regarding Accessing and Using EQR Data
On March 6, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued notice of its upcoming fifth biannual Electric Quarterly Report (“EQR”) Users Group meeting (see Docket No. AD18-9-000, Notice of Electric Quarterly Report Users Group Meeting). The spring meeting will take place on June 5, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (EST) at FERC in the Commission Meeting Room. The biannual meeting has historically provided a forum for FERC staff and EQR users to discuss potential improvements to the EQR program and the EQR filing process. Notably, FERC staff has indicated it will dedicate time to discussing issues relevant to those accessing and using EQR data during the upcoming spring meeting. This is a change from prior meetings, which have historically focused on issues that pertain primarily to EQR filers. FERC staff welcomes input on potential discussion topics for the meeting – particularly topics relating to using EQR data. Interested individuals may submit suggested agenda topics by emailing EQRUsersGroup@ferc.gov by April 16, 2018. An agenda for the meeting will be provided in a subsequent notice. For now, EQR filers, or those who access or use EQR data, are encouraged to submit proposed discussion topics as FERC staff continues to make preparations for the upcoming meeting.
 EQRs are the means by which FERC directs public utilities to fulfill their responsibility pursuant to Section 205(c) of the Federal Power Act to have rates on file in a convenient form and place. Additionally, certain non-public utilities are required to file EQRs to meet the requirements under Section 220 of the Federal Power Act.