FERC Order 860

Final Rule on Data Collection for Analytics and Surveillance and Market-Based Rate Purposes

The Commission issued Order No. 860 on July 18, 2019, which amended the Commission's market-based rate regulations at 18 C.F.R. section 35, subpart H, effective October 1, 2020. Order No. 860 provides that the Commission will begin collecting certain market-based rate information through a relational database, including: certain upstream ownership information, asset appendix information (including a new requirement to report long-term firm purchases) for the seller and its affiliates that do not have market-based rate authority, indicative screen information, and certain other market-based rate information. In addition, sellers will be required to update the database on a monthly basis to reflect any changes, and the change in status filing requirement is changed to a quarterly obligation. After January 31, 2021, no asset appendices or indicative screens may be submitted as attachments to filings through the eFiling system.

Order No. 860

MAY 20, 2020 UPDATE

NOTICE OF EXTENSION OF TIME On May 6, 2020, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) submitted a motion requesting that the Commission extend the effective date of Order No. 860 and the deployment of the market-based rate database (MBR Database) by four months to February 1, 2021 and the due date for initial baseline submission until June 1, 2021.

EEI asserts that good cause exists to grant the extension because the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic creates challenges in meeting the implementation schedule established in Order No. 860.

Upon consideration, notice is hereby given that the effective date of Order No. 860 is extended to and including six months to April 1, 2021, and the deadline for baseline submissions is extended to and including August 2, 2021. Further, other implementation dates in Order No. 860 are extended as shown in the table below.

Activity

Order No. 860 Schedule

Revised, Six-month Extension Schedule

Testing period for the MBR Database

Through Sept. 30, 2020

Through Mar. 31, 2021

Effective date of Order No. 860

Oct. 1, 2020

Apr. 1, 2021

“Go-live” date of MBR Database

Oct. 1, 2020

Apr. 1, 2021

Sellers should create needed identifiers (FERC Generated IDs and Asset IDs) in the MBR Portal and prepare their baseline submissions  

Oct. 1, 2020 – Dec.31, 2020

Apr. 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021

Baseline submissions are due

By Feb. 1, 2021

By Aug. 2, 2021

First change in status filings under new timelines are due

By Feb. 28, 2021

By Aug. 31, 2021

April 24, 2020 Update

The MBR Database Test Environment is now available at the MBR Database Test Environment link below. Within this test environment, you can find the latest versions of the XML and XSD (within the “Submit MBR XML” link), the Data Dictionary and Frequently Asked Questions (within the “Useful Documents” links), as well as additional resources. The MBR Database Test Environment and these documents are updated frequently, so please check this page regularly.

MBR Database Test Enviroment


The test environment will be available to users that are eRegistered with the Commission. ERegistered users will be able to submit test XML submissions into the database, as well as create FERC generated IDs (GID) and Asset IDs. Please note that this is a test environment and that all submissions into the database – specifically XMLs and all created GIDs and Asset IDs – will not be part of the official record and will be cleared from the database before it officially goes live. The Commission will issue a notice prior to clearing the database, shortly before the database goes live. Further, as indicated in the final rule, the Commission intends to add features to this test environment periodically until complete. Interested parties should monitor this webpage to obtain notice of these new features.

January 10, 2020 Update

The MBR Database Test Environment is now available, as well as updated version of the XML, XSD, and MBR Data Dictionary.

The test environment will be available to users that are eRegistered with the Commission. ERegistered users will be able to submit test XML submissions into the database, as well as create FERC generated IDs (GID) and Asset IDs. Please note that this is a test environment and that all submissions into the database – specifically XMLs and all created GIDs and Asset IDs – will not be part of the official record and will be cleared from the database before it officially goes live. The Commission will issue a notice prior to clearing the database, shortly before the database goes live. Further, as indicated in the final rule, the Commission intends to add features to this test environment periodically until complete. Interested parties should monitor this webpage to obtain notice of these new features.

The following deadlines will apply to market-based rate sellers and applicants:

Applicants seeking market-based rate authority on or after February 1, 2021 will be required to make a submission into the relational database prior to filing an initial market-based rate application.

Fall 2020

Obtain GIDs for reportable entities that do not have CIDs or LEIs, and Asset IDs for reportable generation assets without an EIA code

February 28, 2021

Notices for any changes in status that take place between October 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020, are due.  Thereafter, future notice of change in status obligations will align with the timeline used for EQRs as described in Ongoing Reporting Requirements section in the final rule.

February 1, 2021

Informational baselines submissions based on current information are due.

  • Sellers that have received market-based rate authority on or by December 31, 2020 must make a baseline submission into the relational database by close of business.
  • Sellers that have filed for market-based rate authority, but have NOT received an order granting market-based rate authority as of January 1, 2021 must make a baseline submission into the relational database by close of business.  However, when submitting their application, these sellers also must submit indicative screens and asset appendices as attachments to their filings through the eFiling system.

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Update

On January 22, 2020, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a notice that Commission staff will hold a technical workshop on the relational data base being built in accordance with Order No. 860 (MBR Database). The meeting will take place on February 27, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (EST) in the Commission Meeting Room, at 888 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20426.

Commission staff provided a supplement to the January 22, 2020 notice with the agenda for discussion. During the meeting Commission staff will provide an overview of the MBR Database, discuss how the MBR Database will fit into the market-based rate program; and answer questions presented live or via email to mbrdatabase@ferc.gov.

AGENDA
MBR Database Technical Workshop
Commission Meeting Room
February 27, 2020
9:00 – 9:10 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
9:10 – 9:35 a.m. Purpose of Database
9:35 – 10:15 a.m. Overview of MBR Portal and Features
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Data Dictionary Walk-Through
11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Making submissions into the MBR database
11:45 – 12:00 p.m. Market-Based Rate Filing Process
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Break
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Question and Answer session

Links will be attending the workshop on February 27th in person. We plan to hold an informal meeting after the workshop if anyone wishes to meet with us. Please contact Robert VanValkenburg at bobv@linkstechnology.com to confirm.