Wednesday, October 26, 2016

TariffShark Software Updates Available for FERC Compliance

For our enterprise TariffShark customers, software updates are available NOW for all TariffShark Hammerhead releases (4.0.1 and higher) on

Hosted customers, we will update your hosted servers prior to the November 7, 2016 effective date of the Filing Type changes. No action is required on your part.

Background and Details

On September 6, 2016, FERC issued a notice that identifies changes to filing types that affect the Part 284 program. Subsequently, on October 21, FERC provided updated Filing Type and Attachment CSV files on the eTariff web page to align them with the notice.

Today we are announcing the availability of TariffShark software releases that accommodate these Filing Type changes. Updated software, upgrade guides, and installation instructions are available NOW on the TariffShark website.

Note that only the following FERC program is affected:

  • NGPA 311 Gas Pipelines 

If you are already running a recent TariffShark release, it's likely that only your TariffShark database is affected by this update. Consult the TariffShark Releases page to assess the impact to your installation. If only your TariffShark database requires update, simply download and run the appropriate database installer to bring your TariffShark installation up to the latest release.

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

Monday, December 21, 2015

Resolving Failed TRV Document Processing

From time to time, TariffShark may struggle to process a Tariff Record Version (TRV) document. When a TRV has failed document processing, the Failed Processing tab on the Dashboard will appear pinkish.

The rightmost column, titled Action in the image above, contains two buttons, Requeue and View, that can help you to complete processing of the TRV document.

Requeue Button

Click the Requeue button to resubmit the TRV for document processing. This action essentially moves the TRV from the Dashboard's Failed Processing tab over to its Processing Queue tab. If TariffShark is still unable to process the TRV's content, it will turn up on the Failed Processing tab once again. If this happens, try the View button (described below).

View Button

Click the View button to open the marked content of the TRV that failed processing. The document will open in Microsoft Word.

TariffShark is often unable to process documents that contain section breaks. If your document contains section breaks, follow these steps to resolve:

  1. Using Microsoft Word, find and remove all section breaks (often times it's best to replace them with page breaks).
  2. Save the document to your computer or network.
  3. Use the Build Content command for the TRV in TariffShark to import the document that you saved in the prior step.

If TariffShark still cannot process the document, let the TariffShark Support team help. If the TRV's content isn't confidential, please share the document with Support. To do so, click the View button in TariffShark's Dashboard, save the document, and send it to support.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Remove Warning When Saving Tariff Content That Contains Tracked Changes

For reasons of privacy, there is a setting in Microsoft Word that tells Word to warn you any time you save or print a document that contains tracked changes.  TariffShark saves a lot of documents that contain tracked changes, so having to deal with the confirmation dialog can be rather tiresome.

The setting can be found under Privacy Options and, depending on the version of Microsoft Word you use, looks exactly or something like this:

Some TariffShark users have reported that after unchecking the "Warn before printing..." privacy option, it appears checked the next time they go into Microsoft Word.  It turns out that this option can be established by software policy, thus disabling users' ability to change it.

For some users, we have found that a registry entry can be used to uncheck the "Warn before printing..." box.

For Microsoft Word 2010, create or update the REG_DWORD entry named fWarnRevisions_1125_1 setting it to 0 (meaning unchecked) which can be found under registry key HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\14.0\word\options\vpref.

For Microsoft Word 2013, create or update the REG_DWORD entry named fWarnRevisions_1125_1 to 0 (meaning unchecked) which can be found under registry key HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\15.0\word\options.

If you need assistance applying this fix or are interested in more details, contact TariffShark Support.

Friday, January 2, 2015

eTariff Terminology

When speaking with FERC staff about eTariff matters, you will commonly hear terms like the following:

  • Company Identifier, Company Id, or CId
  • Tariff, Tariff Identifier or Tariff Id
  • Filing
  • Type of Filing Code or ToFC
  • Tariff Record
  • Attachment

Similar terms are used within TariffShark, but the terms are not identical and can have slightly different meanings. This article will outline TariffShark's terminology and draw parallels to FERC's eTariff terms.


A Company in TariffShark is a FERC-regulated entity for which electronic tariff filings are made.

FERC Term(s): Company Identifier, Company Id, or CId

Tariff Database

A Tariff Database is a repository into which your tariff work (Filing, Tariffs, Tariff Record Versions, etc.) is stored. A Tariff Database has associated with it a unique identifier which is assigned by TariffShark when the Tariff Database is created. In TariffShark, this ID is known as the Tariff Database ID and it gets sent to FERC in every eTariff filing you submit.

FERC Term(s): Tariff, Tariff Identifier, or Tariff Id


A Filing in TariffShark is a proposal to FERC to affect one or more changes to a company's electronic tariff(s). Changes to the Tariff Record Versions that represent the content of your tariff(s) are included in a Filing as Filed Tariff Record Versions (or FTRVs) and supporting materials (such as a transmittal letter) are included as FERC Attachments.

FERC Term(s): Filing

Filing Type

A Filing Type in TariffShark describes the type of filing being made as defined by FERC regulations.

FERC Term(s): Type of Filing Code or ToFC


A Tariff in TariffShark represents a tariff, rate schedule, service agreement, or similar document that must be filed electronically as a result of FERC Order 714. Large Tariffs, such as gas industry open access tariffs and electric industry open access transmission tariffs, must be managed and filed as a series of smaller documents. Small Tariffs, such as oil industry tariffs and electric industry market based rates, may be managed and filed in their entirety.

FERC Term(s): Tariff Record

Tariff Record

A Tariff Record is a portion of a Tariff in TariffShark. Large Tariffs, such as gas industry open access tariffs and electric industry open access transmission tariffs, must be managed and filed as a series of smaller documents (Tariff Records). In a Tariff that is composed of multiple Tariff Records, the top-most (or "root") Tariff Record commonly represents the Tariff title page.

FERC Term(s): Tariff Record

Tariff Record Version

A Tariff Record Version (TRV) is a version of a Tariff Record. TRVs are where the content of your tariffs is stored. TRVs can exist independent of a Filing or they can be part of a Filing. Placing a TRV into a Filing causes a Filed Tariff Record Version (FTRV) to be created.

FERC Term(s): Tariff Record

Filed Tariff Record Version

A Filed Tariff Record Version, or FTRV, represents a Tariff Record Version (TRV) in a Filing. When a TRV is placed into a Filing, the result is the creation of an FTRV. When a TRV is in a Filing, it is there for a reason ... and that reason is known as a Record Change Type. The valid Record Change Type values are "New", "Change", "Cancel", "Withdraw", and "Pro Forma".

FERC Term(s): Tariff Record

FERC Attachment

A FERC Attachment in TariffShark is supplemental information above and beyond the content of your Tariff Record Versions that are sent to FERC when making an electronic Tariff filing. A transmittal letter is the most common example of a FERC Attachment.

FERC Term(s): Attachment

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.