On February 28, 2014, the Commission issued an order setting the deadlines for all public and non-public utilities to file Electric Quarterly Reports (“EQRs”) for the third quarter (“Q3”) and fourth quarter (“Q4”) of 2013, and for the first quarter (“Q1”) of 2014. The Commission’s February 28th order follows a January 22, 2014 technical conference held by FERC to discuss revisions to the EQR process (see January 27, 2014 edition of the WER).
On September 21, 2012, the Commission issued Order No. 768, which ordered that certain non-public utilities file EQRs with the Commission, and revised particular EQR filing requirements (see September 28, 2012 edition of the WER). On November 12, 2012, the Commission issued Order No. 770, which announced a new web-based approach to filing EQRs directly through the Commission’s website, rather than through the use of Commission-distributed software. On October 10, 2013, the Commission extended the deadline for public and non-public utilities to file Q3 2013 EQRs from October 31, 2013 to a “date to be determined.” Further, on December 27, 2013, the Commission extended the deadline for public and non-public utilities to file Q4 2013 EQRs from January 31, 2014 to a “date to be determined.”
In accordance with the Commission’s February 28th order, all public and non-public utilities must act in accordance with the following deadlines:
- File Q3 2013 EQRs during the period April 1, 2014 to April 30, 2014;
- File Q4 2013 EQRs during the period May 1, 2014 to May 31, 2014; and
- Q1 2014 EQRs are not to be filed during the period April 1, 2014 to April 30, 2014 – this period is extended to June 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014.
The Commission also ordered that Q2 2014 EQRs will be due during the normal filing period of July 1, 2014 to July 31, 2014, and all further EQR filings will be due during the normal filing period, unless otherwise directed by the Commission.
In addition to specific EQR filing deadlines, the February 28th order stated that the Commission “does not intend to penalize parties that are making best efforts for the Q3 2013 EQRs, the Q4 2013 EQRs, and the Q1 2014 EQRs.” The Commission encouraged parties to test their filing processes through the Commission’s EQR Sandbox, and file early in the filing period.
A copy of the Commission’s February 28th order is available here.