An Introduction to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: A Little Agency With A Very Big Impact

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Produced on: July 21, 2016

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 90 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) can rightly be described as a little agency with a big impact. Even though FERC is one of the smallest and least known agencies in the Federal government, it plays a major role in the U.S. economy because it has extensive jurisdiction over the operations of energy companies and energy markets in the country. FERC is both an economic regulator, and, since 2005, an enforcement agency. It is primarily responsible for overseeing the wholesale sales of natural gas and electric energy in interstate commerce, the transmission of natural gas, electric energy, and oil in interstate commerce, and the reliability of the electric grid. While it focuses on national energy issues, its decisions significantly affect state and local energy policies and even unregulated energy markets. And it frequently gets into squabbles with other Federal agencies.    

For those new to energy law or to the FERC world, join Susan J. Court, a FERC practitioner for over 33 years, for an introduction to the little agency with a very big impact.

 

Learning Objectives: 

I.      An overview of U.S. energy operations

II.     An understanding of FERC’s role with respect to those operations

III.    A description of energy industry sectors affected by FERC and how they interact with the agency 

IV.    An explanation of the legal and political process related to the Commission leadership

V.     A breakdown of agency staff and their significance in the decision-making process

VI.    An exposition of the varied and extensive areas of the FERC’s jurisdiction 

VII.   A description and the significance of the locations of FERC operations  

VIII.  An explanation of the timing and mechanics of the decision-making process

IX.    A discussion of the extent of FERC’s enforcement authority and its relationship to other Federal enforcement agencies, in particular the CFTC and the FTC

X.     An overview of the judicial review process applicable to FERC decisions

Faculty

Susan Court

SJC Energy Consultants, LLC

Susan Court is currently Principal of SJC Energy Consultants, LLC. Previously, she was a partner at Hogan Lovells, LLP and a Senior Executive at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). At FERC, she served as: 

  • Director, Office of Enforcement (2006-2009)
  • Chief of Staff (2004-2005)
  • Associate General Counsel, General and Administrative Law and Designated Agency Ethics Official (2001-2004)
  • Deputy Solicitor and Special Counsel in the Office of the Solicitor (1993-2001)
  • Associate General Counsel for Gas and Oil (1986-1993)
  • Senior Legal Advisor to a Commissioner Executive Assistant to the Chairman (1982-1986)
  • Attorney Advisor, Office of General Counsel (1982).

In 2005, Susan was on special assignment at the Commission for Energy Regulation, Dublin, Ireland, and for several years was active in the International Gas Union. As a FERC employee, Susan received the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive Service (2008); Chairman’s Medal (2007); Chairman’s Executive Leadership Award (2005); and the Exemplar of Public Service Award (2002).

 

Susan has been a frequent speaker at energy conferences and a presenter for continuing legal education organizations. She has also published two law review articles, including one on Federal cyber security law, and her article comparing FERC and the European Union’s Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) was published in the IGU magazine in 2012.  

 

Susan received her J.D. from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University, her Masters in European History from the University of Cincinnati, and her B.A. from Thomas More College, Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky. After law school, Susan clerked for the Hon. Robert Lukowsky, Justice, Kentucky Supreme Court, and during law school she assisted the Hon. Arthur Goldberg, former associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She is a member of the Kentucky, District of Columbia, and Energy Bar Associations.

Reviews

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John N.

Susan did an outstanding job of describing FERC's mandate in a simple way. A+ work!

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arthur s.

very impressive presentation on a very complex topic. Well done.

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Chia-Lin S.

I am biased having been a legal international FERC. It is an interesting agency

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Tammie M.

Very knowledgeable. Excellent presenter. Thank you.

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James S.

Great course, thanks.

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Carl F.

I know this topic well, but still learned quite a bit! Would definitely recommend.

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Matthew F. Z.

Great information

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Andrew W.

In depth and interesting look at the fed energy reg commission.

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Jake R.

I appreciate the clear sound and good quality video production.

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Ryan S.

Well done, Ms Court! Great delivery of what could be viewed as a dry topic. I really enjoyed it and learned a few things even though I deal with FERC issues every day.

KP
Katherine P.

nicely done!

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Deborah S.

Good pace and very well prepared lecturer

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Lawrence F.

Truly superb presentation by Ms Court. Excellent coverage & terrific written materials.

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Arthur O.

Informative Course.

LM
Luis M.

The presenter was excellent!

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Tommy E.

well done and most informative CLE, Tommy Eden

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Lana L.

Very knowledgeable and very good lecturer. Not boring and easy to understand!

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Sheldon T.

Great overview. Comprehensive and well presented.

MP
Manisha P.

well organized overview very knowledgeable presenter

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Kristina B.

This speaker was extremely informative, and I learned a lot about this area of law and how this industry is regulated.

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Lois S.

Well done.

SG
Stefanie G.

This was the best and most informative presentation I've seen on Lawline.

MB
Melissa B.

Great presentation from a knowledgeable presenter. Good orientation on FERC.

JM
June M.

I thought she was outstanding; her delivery style made the material easily understood.

JB
Julie A. B.

Talented and genial speaker incredibly managed to share copious material in a well-paced, easy-to-understand presentation. She skillfully employed lay language when necessary to accommodate those new to energy law or to the FERC world.

MR
Michael R.

Susan Court did a marvelous job of packing a tremendous amount of very informative material into her slides, and then coordinating her oral presentation with the slides and a very tightly timed presentation. Would take another course by Susan Court with much enthusiasm. Thanks!

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Leslie L.

Great again to have faculty with such extensive knowledge (and who don't just read a script or read from slides)

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Steve L.

informative

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