Friday, October 31, 2014

How to Prepare a Withdrawal Filing

After submitting an eTariff filing and before FERC takes action on it, you may withdraw the entire proceeding by submitting a withdrawal-type filing. In this article I will describe the characteristics a withdrawal-type filing and outline the steps to take in TariffShark in order to prepare one.

Withdrawal-Type Filing Characteristics

The purpose of a withdrawal-type filing is to withdraw an entire proceeding before FERC has taken action on it. In order to indicate to the Commission which proceeding is being withdrawn, a withdrawal-type filing must be associated with an earlier, already-submitted eTariff filing. Also, a withdrawal-type filing does not propose changes to tariff language, therefore, it will never contain Tariff Record Versions or FTRVs. Finally, like all other eTariff filing types, a withdrawal-type filing must include a Transmittal Letter which describes the nature of the submittal.

How to Prepare a Withdrawal-Type Filing

Follow the steps below to prepare a withdrawal-type filing. The list is intentionally brief and does not go into great detail. If you have questions about the procedure, contact TariffShark Support.
  1. Create a withdrawal-type filing. The type of filing code to use depends on the FERC Program to which your company belongs. At the time of this writing, these are the FERC Programs and withdrawal-type filing codes.

    Federal Power Act Electric (Market Based Rate) Public Utilities

    100 Withdraw Entire Proceeding

    Federal Power Act Electric (Traditional Cost of Service and Market Based Rates) Public Utilities

    90 Withdraw Entire Proceeding
    1060 Non-Jurisdictional Withdraw

    NGA Gas Pipelines

    590 Withdraw

    NGPA 311 Gas Pipelines

    810 Withdrawal of entire filing

    Oil Pipelines

    900 Withdraw of Pending/Non-effective Tariff

    Power Administrations

    110 Withdraw Non-Jurisdictional Filings
    470 Withdraw (All PMA EFs)
  1. On the Update Filing window, enter the Validation Email address. For the Associated Filing field, click the ellipsis button and select the already-submitted filing you propose to withdraw.
  1. On the Filing Details window, on the FERC Attachments tab, update the Transmittal Letter attachment by uploading your transmittal letter.
At this point, the filing is ready to go. You may wish to Validate it in TariffShark before downloading the XML and submitting the filing.

Monday, June 23, 2014

TariffShark Hammerhead SP1 Now Available

Links Technology Solutions, Inc. is excited to announce the release of TariffShark Hammerhead SP1.  This release is an update to the wildly successful TariffShark Hammerhead eTariff software.  If you are a user of TariffShark Hammerhead, you are entitled to this software update for no additional fees.

If you are a user of the original TariffShark Premier product, we encourage you to contact LINKS for a demo of Hammerhead and see for yourself why so many customers are adding Hammerhead to their core product.

If you’re not yet using TariffShark to meet your FERC eTariff obligations, we invite you to contact sales and ask for a demo of TariffShark Hammerhead today.

What's New in the Update?

  • A Filing may be associated with a Filing in a different Tariff Database
  • Overtaken by Events was added as a valid FERC Response for Pro Forma FTRVs
  • When generating FERC Attachment content, Whole Document TRVs are eligible for inclusion
  • Improved usability around changing Company and Tariff Database context
  • Greater visibility to licensed Companies
  • Various improvements to Filing validations
  • Microsoft Word 2013 compatibility
  • SQL Server 2012 compatibility
  • Various bug fixes and performance improvements

Sunday, April 6, 2014

TariffShark Hosted Services Update

TariffShark has been offered with a hosted subscription service option since FERC Order 714 took effect in April 2010. In Q1 2014, all hosting servers were upgraded.

Why Did We Upgrade Servers?

We upgrade servers from time to time to keep things running optimally. The fact is, our customers been making eTariff filings and the amount of data being stored has increased. Also, business is good: the number of customers supported by the servers has grown nicely. So, to keep up with the resource demand, the servers have been configured to run with faster processors, more memory, and more storage.

Disaster Recovery Update

Also in the first quarter of this year, we updated our disaster recovery procedures. Through the power of scripting, recovering from a potential disaster will be done with greater automation than in the past. Fewer manual steps means greater efficiency and speed in the event of a disaster. In the latest test of our disaster recovery procedures, a test server was booted in our DR data center, all data restored, and back online in under an hour.

If you'd like to learn more about Hosted TariffShark, please visit our website or contact sales.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

eTariff and FERC Docketing

An NGA gas pipeline recently submitted a type 570 {Normal} eTariff filing and associated it with a prior filing.  The company had been hoping to receive a sub-docket, but the 570 submittal was assigned a new root docket number by FERC's auto-docketing software.  We think this filing scenario raises an important question:  Under what circumstances is an eTariff filing assigned a new root docket number and under what circumstances is it assigned a sub-docket?  In this article, we will describe our understanding of the rules.

A Normal, New, or Cancel type filing is always assigned a new root docket number. This is true even if the filing is associated with an earlier eTariff filing.  The type 570 filing described above falls into this category.

A Compliance or Refiled type filing is assigned a new root docket number when it is not associated with earlier eTariff filing.  However, when such a filing is associated with an earlier eTariff filing, it is assigned the next available sub-docket number.

An Amendment, Motion, or Withdraw type filing MUST be associated with an earlier eTariff filing and is assigned the next available sub-docket number.

A Report type filing may or may not be associated with an earlier eTariff filing. When associated, it is assigned the next available sub-docket number ... and when it isn't, it is assigned a new root docket number.

If you want to learn more about the rules surrounding eTariff filings types, contact TariffShark Support.  Though we are not regulatory experts, we always do our best to answer questions relating to eTariff rules and regulations.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

TariffShark Team Simulates Disaster and Recovery

During the evening of December 4, 2013, the TariffShark team gathered in a conference room at the Links Technology headquarters in Schaumburg, IL to test our disaster recovery procedures.  In the event that our Tier 4 data center experiences an outage that causes the hosted TariffShark servers to become unavailable, we restore service to a secondary data center.  We test these procedures every 6 months as a service to our hosted TariffShark customers.

The test ran successfully in just over an hour.

If you'd like to learn more about Hosted TariffShark, please visit our website or contact sales.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

TariffShark Software Update Available

For our enterprise TariffShark customers, TariffShark Releases 3.5 and 4.0.3 are available NOW on

Hosted customers, your hosted servers will be updated prior to the December 23, 2013 effective date of the Filing Type changes.

Background and Details

FERC recently updated their eTariff Filing Type definitions. The November 26, 2013 FERC notice identifies changes to filing types that affect Oil Pipelines and nominally affect the Part 284 program. Today we are announcing the availability of TariffShark software releases that accommodate these changes. Updated software, upgrade guides, and installation instructions are available NOW on the TariffShark website.

Note that only the following FERC programs are affected:

  • NGPA 311 Gas Pipelines 
  • Oil Pipelines

If you are already running a recent TariffShark release (R3.3, R3.4, R4.0.1, or R4.0.2), only the TariffShark database is affected by this update. Simply download and run the database installer in order to bring your TariffShark installation up to the latest release.

If you are running a TariffShark release older than R3.3 or R4.0.1, there is a free upgrade path. Consult the Releases page on the TariffShark website for more information.

Please contact TariffShark Support at 847-252-1611 or at if you have any questions or concerns.

Monday, December 2, 2013

FERC Posts Updated eTariff Filing Types

On November 26, 2013, FERC issued a notice of changes to filing types that affect Oil Pipelines and nominally affect the Part 284 program. The specific changes are described in the notice and go into effect on December 23, 2013.

We are updating TariffShark to be compliant with the changes and will notify our customers when the update is available for download.  The update will require that only the database component be updated.  For our hosted customers, we will take care of everything.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact our support team.