Month: May 2011

View Recent Filings Easily

You’re back in the office bright and early, you’ve had your first few sips of coffee, and now you’re ready to jump back into the Filing you were working on yesterday.  Did you know that you can bring up the Filing Details quickly in TariffShark?

On TariffShark’s “View” menu there’s an item labeled “Recent Filings”.  As shown below, it provides a list of the most recently viewed Filings (up to 8).

The list of Filings is organized with the most recently viewed Filing at the top and the least recently viewed one at the bottom.  If you wanted to open “Last Week’s Filing”, simply click on it and the Filing Details screen appears.

Note that after viewing “Last Week’s Filing”, it now appears at the top of the list of Recent Filings.

We hope this feature saves you time working on your tariffs and filings so that you can better enjoy your morning coffee.

As always, if you have questions or comments, please post them below or contact TariffShark Support.

TariffShark Release 3.0 Now Available

TariffShark Release 3.0 (previously v1.1.172) is a FERC-compliance maintenance release.  The changes are intended to help tariff filers in selecting the proper Filing Type for their particular filing scenarios.  The list below outlines the changes in TariffShark Release 3.0.

  1. In January 2011, an update was posted to the FERC eTariff web page that made available a revised Type of Filing CSV file. The only change was in the description for Type Of Filing Codes 1120 and 1150 from “Market-Based Rate Request and Triennial Review” to “Market-Based Rate Triennial Review” in order to make clear that these filing codes should not be used for initial requests for market based rates.  The new descriptions became effective on January 24, 2011.  Note that codes 1120 and 1150 are electric industry codes, so members of the gas and oil industries are unaffected.
  2. In April 2011, FERC once again updated the Type of Filing CSV file, this time adding the FERC regulatory citation for most types of filings. TariffShark displays the citation in the Filing Type drop-down list field on the Create Filing form.  (Sample shown below; note highlighted area.)

Though this release of TariffShark was brought about by changes initiated by FERC, it is not a mandatory update.  The changes merely make it easier to select an appropriate filing type when preparing to make an eTariff filing.  If you are still running TariffShark  Release 1.0 (previously v1.0), however, we strongly encourage you to upgrade to the newest release.

If you have questions or comments, please post them below or contact TariffShark Support.

Superseded Version and Basis Version


Prior to the implementation of FERC Order 714 (April 2010), interstate gas tariffs had been filed electronically for years.  In those days, tariffs were broken into tariff sheets, which had very specific requirements for the information displayed in their headers and footers.

One specific header requirement was that when a tariff sheet was filed to replace an earlier version of the same sheet, the header must read as highlighted in the example below.

The Tariff Filing & Management System (commonly known as TFMS), a software product which was widely used throughout the gas industry, supported this header requirement by providing an association between a tariff sheet being filed and the sheet it superseded.  In the example above, Fourth Revised Sheet No. 12 would have been associated (or linked) with Third Revised Sheet No. 12.  Via this association, TFMS was able to automatically create a document header like the one shown above.

In this same time frame, it was necessary to submit marked (or redlined) documents to FERC that indicated the tariff changes that were being proposed.  This requirement was not unlike the “Marked Tariff Changes” rule in Order 714.  TFMS provided an association between a tariff sheet being filed and a previously filed tariff sheet in order to indicate the “basis” for the redlined changes.  Via this association, TFMS would automatically create a redlined tariff sheet header like the one shown below.  Highlighted in the header is the associated “basis” tariff sheet.

Superseded Version and Basis Version in TariffShark

When TariffShark was being designed, we worked closely with our gas industry customers.  Roughly half of them expressed a desire to continue working with sheets under eTariff.  Primarily, their thinking was that it would be less disruptive to both their internal business processes and their customers than it would be to change over to a section-based tariff approach.  Therefore, TariffShark was built with features that parallel TFMS’s sheet associations described above.

Specifically, Tariff Record Versions (TRVs) can be associated with other TRVs in two different ways.  First, a TRV’s “Superseded Version” field can be used to indicate which TRV is superseded.  Second, a TRV’s “Basis Version” field can be used to indicate which TRV forms the basis for its marked content.  These fields appear on both the “Create Tariff Record Version” and “Update Tariff Record Version” forms within TariffShark.  The image below highlights these fields on the Update Tariff Record Version form.

These fields are provided for backward compatibility with TFMS and with the old way of managing and filing sheet-based tariffs.

  • You would use these fields if you have configured TariffShark headers to include the sheet-style “Superseding” clause.
  • You might use these fields for your own internal recordkeeping purposes.
  • These fields are not required by FERC.
  • The data populated in these fields is not sent to FERC in the XML file.

If you have questions, please post them in the comments below or contact TariffShark Support.