Scheme Nickname: 
Commission hearing-level adjudications

The Commission -- sitting as a "hearing" body -- adjudicates a wide variety of proceedings (i.e., cases). Such proceedings may relate to most matters within FERC's jurisdiction, including: (a) regulation of interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, or oil; (b) review of proposals to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals or interstate natural gas pipelines; (c) licensing of hydropower projects; or (d) FERC enforcement action for civil penalties.

Typical matters include contested or uncontested rates, tariffs, or complaints filed by members of the public. (Under FERC rules, a complaint may be filed by "any person" seeking Commission action against any other person for alleged violations of law "or any other alleged wrong over which the Commission may have jurisdiction.")

Comments/Notes on Adjudication Structure: 
The Commission hears these matters either because the relevant statute (or regulation) requires adjudication by the Commission, or because the Commission determines that initiation of the (evidentiary) hearing process (with ALJs serving as presiding officers) for further development of the record is not needed or appropriate. Additionally, the Commission may directly refer a proceeding to FERC's Dispute Resolution Division or a settlement judgment judge. Nearly all proceedings heard by the Commission at the hearing level are decided on a written record, with or without oral argument. The Commission -- as a full Commission -- has only presided over an evidentiary hearing once in the past 7-8 years.
Types of Adjudication: 
Type A
Type B
Comments/Notes on Adjudication Type(s): 
Some of the matters heard directly by the Commission (as a hearing-level body) require APA procedures, but others do not.
Resources & Articles: 
Description and schematics for FERC processes:
FERC ADR main web page:
FERC ADR Brochure:
FERC 2014 Strategic Plan (emphasizing ADR):
Verified by Agency: 
Is this a Major Adjudication: