FERC performance report and budget request

Thursday, February 15, 2018

A U.S. energy regulatory agency has published a report detailing its fiscal year 2017 performance and requesting an appropriation of $369,9000,000 in funds from Congress for fiscal year 2019, to be offset by fees on regulated industries.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or FERC is an independent regulatory agency, housed within the U.S. Department of Energy. The Commission has statutory jurisdiction over many aspects of the nation's wholesale electricity, natural gas, hydropower, and oil pipeline sectors. 

FERC's FY 2019 Congressional Performance Budget Request / FY 2017 Annual Performance Report describes the Commission's mission assisting consumers in obtaining reliable, efficient, and sustainable energy services at a reasonable cost through appropriate regulatory and market means. It recites the Commission's 3 goals: ensuring just and reasonable rates, terms and conditions; promoting safe, reliable, secure and efficient infrastructure; and mission support through organizational excellence.

The Commission recovers the full cost of its operations through annual charges and filing fees assessed on the industries it regulates as authorized by the Federal Power Act (FPA) and the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986, which requires it to “assess and collect fees and annual charges in any fiscal year in amounts equal to all of the costs incurred . . . in that fiscal year.” This revenue offsets the Commission's appropriation, resulting in a net appropriation of zero.

The report projects a FY 2019 appropriation of $369,900,000 "for necessary expenses of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to carry out the provisions of the Department of Energy Organization Act." This represents an increase of $2,300,000, or about 0.6%, over the Commission's FY 2018 budget request. The report describes its activity as requiring 1,465 full-time equivalents (FTEs) to execute its mission in FY 2019.

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