In an order issued this afternoon, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) adopted further changes to the Electric Quarterly Report (EQR) Data Dictionary. FERC stated that it adopted version 3.0 of the EQR Data Dictionary in order to implement the revised EQR filing process and to update the list of Balancing Authority names and abbreviations reflecting changes in the official source of such data. FERC ordered that the EQR Data Dictionary version 3.0 become effective on the date published in the Federal Register and that the updated EQR Data Dictionary be applied to EQR filings beginning with the Q3 2013 EQR. FERC last revised the EQR Data Dictionary in Order No. 768-A, issued on April 18, 2013.
On March 4, 2014, FERC issued a public notice scheduling a Technical Conference for March 26, 2014 to demonstrate its new electronic EQR filing system. FERC will provide a live webcast of this Technical Conference. FERC also encouraged live and webcast participants to register in advance of the Technical Conference. During the March 26 Technical Conference, FERC staff will show participants examples of filing EQRs. The March 26 Technical Conference follows the Technical Conference FERC held in January.
As previously discussed in the Energy Law Times, the filing period for the third quarter 2013 EQRs is between April 1, 2014 and April 30, 2014. The filing period for the fourth quarter 2013 EQRs is between May 1, 2014 and May 31, 2014. The filing period for the first quarter 2014 EQRs is between June 1, 2014 and June 30, 2014. All subsequent filing periods are during the month following the end of each calendar quarter. Additional EQR updates are available on the FERC EQR webpage.