DOE's Use of Federal Power Act Emergency Authority

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Under FPA section 202(c) during the continuance of a war in which the United States is engaged or when an emergency exists by reason of a sudden increase in the demand for electric energy, or a shortage of electric energy, or of facilities for the generation or transmission of electric energy, or of the fuel or water for generating facilities, or other causes, the Secretary of Energy may require by order temporary connections of facilities, and generation, delivery, interchange, or transmission of electricity as the Secretary determines will best meet the emergency and serve the public interest.  16 U.S.C. § 824a(c).

DOE has established the AskOE@hq.doe.gov email address for the receipt of all materials related to Federal Power Action section 202(c).  All public comments and requests should be sent in writing to AskOE@hq.doe.gov.  Information that the sender deems sensitive and not eligible for public release should be marked accordingly, and both a public (redacted) and non-public version of such materials should be submitted.  Additional information about 202(c) procedures, if necessary, will be announced on this web page.

The provision of this process for submission of correspondence or comments on any pending application is for purposes of ensuring the receipt by the appropriate office and personnel within the Department.  Establishment of this email address does not establish a "docket," and those submitting correspondence do not constitute parties or intervenors to any proceeding.  Further, submission of correspondence to the Department does not in any way limit or prevent the ability of the Secretary to act on any application, or pursuant to section 202(c) without application, in any way and at any time as he deems appropriate.

  • On June 16, 2017, a 202(c) emergency order was issued authorizing the Dominion Energy Virginia to operate Yorktown Units 1 and 2 only as needed and as determined by PJM that generation from those units is needed in order to address reliability needs.
  • On April 14, 2017, a 202(c) emergency order was issued authorizing Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA), a state-owned utility in Oklahoma, to operate its Unit No. 1 at the Grand River Energy Center (GREC) as needed to provide dynamic reactive power support in the GRDA service area until replacement generation capacity at GREC becomes available. 

Emergency orders issued before 2015 are available HERE.