By way of background, FERC issued Order No. 860 on July 18, 2019. This order made significant changes to the types of information that entities with MBR authority and applying for MBR authority will be required to provide to FERC as well as the manner in which this information is submitted. Order No. 860 adopted a new relational database requiring submissions by all entities with MBR authorization from FERC. As part of these changes, FERC will begin collecting certain information from entities with MBR authority through a relational database, including: certain upstream ownership information, asset appendix information (including the new requirement to report long-term firm purchases and sales) for the MBR Seller and its affiliates that do not have market-based rate authority and indicative screen information. In addition, MBR Sellers will be required to update the database on a monthly basis to reflect any changes, and the change in status filing requirement is changed to a quarterly obligation.
The following revised deadlines will apply to MBR Sellers and applicants:
Spring 2021 — Obtain FERC-generated IDs for reportable entities that do not have company identifiers or legal entity identifier and asset IDs for reportable generation assets without an EIA code.
August 2, 2021 — Informational baseline submissions based on current information are due. These submissions to the MBR database involve general information regarding the Seller, the Seller’s relationships and the Seller’s horizontal market power screens.
August 31, 2021 — Notices for any changes in status that take place after April 1, 2020 are due. Thereafter, future notice of change in status obligations will align with the timeline used for electric quarterly reports as described in the Ongoing Reporting Requirements section in Order No. 860.
The below Appendix provides this updated implementation schedule, based on FERC’s six-month extension:
The MBR Database Test Environment is available on FERC’s website. Within this test environment, entities can find the latest versions of the XML and XSD, the Data Dictionary and frequently asked questions, as well as additional resources.