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Zimmerman's Research Guide


United States Department of Energy

The DOE website posts information about the agency and about energy use as it relates to the U.S. -- energy prices, national security, scientific research, etc. The Department's SciTech Connect database contains DOE sponsored scientific and technical reports, as well as citations and links to energy-related journal articles.

For questions or to get DOE materials, call the DOE's Office of Public Inquiries (202-586-5575). For help with hard-to-find materials, call the DOE's library (212-586-4848).

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: FERC is an independent agency withing DOE. Among other things, FERC regulates the transmission of electricity, oil and gas in the U.S. It was created on October 1, 1977 to replace the former Federal Power Commission (FPC).

The FERC website posts information about the agency, docket sheets for FERC cases, the Federal laws that FERC implements and the regulations FERC has created (www.ferc.gov).

FERC decisions are available on Lexis (ENERGY;FERC) and Westlaw (FEN-FERC) back to January 1977. You can find judicial opinions citing to FERC decisions using Shepard's on Lexis or KeyCite on Westlaw.

FERC General Counsel Opinions are available on Lexis back to November 1987 (ENERGY;FERCGC) and on Westlaw back to 1980 (FEN-FERCGC).

Documents filed in FERC cases, Annual Reports and other documents filed with FERC are available through the eLibrary (https://ferconline.ferc.gov/).

For current awareness, LegalEase sends out daily (and twice-daily) emails with FERC Filings, Orders, etc.

Federal Power Commission: The Federal Power Commission was replaced by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 1977. FPC Reports from 1931 to 1977 are available on Lexis (ENERGY;FPC) and Westlaw (FEN-FERC).

Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability: Coal companies are sometimes required to file "Self-Certifications" of their coal capacity under the Powerplant and Industrial Fuel Use Act. The related regulations are 10 CFR 501.60 and 501.61. Filings are made with the Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. The DOE then publishes a notice of the filing in the Federal Register but does not publish the filing itself. To get filings, contact the person listed on the Federal Register notice of a recent filing.

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