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S. 186: Fair RATES Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 18, 2018 (Reported by Senate Committee).


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Calendar No. 469

115th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 186

[Report No. 115–278]

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 23, 2017

(for himself, Ms. Warren, Mr. Whitehouse, and Mr. Reed) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

June 18, 2018

Reported by , with an amendment

Omit the part struck through and insert the part printed in italic

A BILL

To amend the Federal Power Act to provide that any inaction by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that allows a rate change to go into effect shall be treated as an order by the Commission for purposes of rehearing and court review.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Fair Ratepayer Accountability, Transparency, and Efficiency Standards Act or the Fair RATES Act.

2.

Amendment to the Federal Power Act

Section 205(d) of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 824d(d)) is amended by adding at the end the following: Any absence of action by the Commission that allows a change to take effect under this section (including the Commission allowing the 60 days of notice provided under this section to expire without Commission action) shall be considered to be an order issued by the Commission accepting the change for purposes of section 313..

2.

Amendment to the Federal Power Act

Section 205 of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 824d) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(g)

Inaction of Commissioners

(1)

In general

If the Commission permits the expiration of the 60–day period established under the first sentence of subsection (d) because the members of the Commission are divided two against two as to the lawfulness of the change, as a result of vacancy, incapacity, or recusal on the Commission—

(A)

the failure to act by the Commission shall be considered to be an order issued by the Commission accepting the change for purposes of section 313(a); and

(B)

there shall be added to the record of the proceeding of the Commission—

(i)

the proposed order;

(ii)

notice of the division of the Commissioners with respect to the proposed order; and

(iii)

the written statement of each member of the Commission explaining the views of the Commissioner with respect to the proposed order.

(2)

Appeal

If any party to a proceeding of the Commission described in paragraph (1) seeks a rehearing under section 313(a) and the Commission fails to act on the merits of the rehearing request by the date that is 30 days after the date of the rehearing request because the members of the Commission are divided two against two, as a result of vacancy, incapacity, or recusal on the Commission, any party that sought the rehearing may appeal under section 313(b).

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June 18, 2018

Reported with an amendment