The Florida Southeast Connection pipeline is an interstate pipeline regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
As background, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil. FERC also reviews proposals to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals and interstate natural gas pipelines as well as licensing hydropower projects. FERC does not own, finance, construct or operate any energy facilities.
FERC Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity
On February 2, 2016, FERC issued the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for Florida Southeast Connection. The certificate confirms that the project is necessary and appropriate and outlines the conditions of the approval, including the final pipeline route FERC has authorized and the construction and mitigation measures that FSC must follow. However, construction would not begin until FERC issues a Notice to Proceed with construction. You can view the Certificate on FERC’s website: http://elibrary.ferc.gov/, search Docket Number CP14-554-000 for the FSC Project.
FERC Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
On December 18, 2015, FERC issued its final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Hillabee Expansion, Sabal Trail Transmission, and Florida Southeast Connection (FSC) pipeline projects, collectively referred to as the Southeast Market Pipelines (SMP) Project. You can view the final EIS on FERC’s website: http://elibrary.ferc.gov/, search Docket Number CP14-554-000 for the FSC Project.
FERC Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
On September 4, 2015, FERC issued its draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Hillabee Expansion, Sabal Trail Transmission, and Florida Southeast Connection (FSC) pipeline projects, collectively referred to as the Southeast Market Pipelines (SMP) Project. FERC will be collecting public comments on the draft EIS through October 26, 2015. You can view the draft EIS on FERC’s website: http://elibrary.ferc.gov/, search Docket Number CP14-554-000 for the FSC Project.
FERC, Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity
FSC Pipeline App VOL I FSC Resource Report 1 REPORT FSC Resource Report 1 APPENDICES FSC Appendix 1A Align (Cover through MP107) FSC Appendix 1A HDD (Part 1 through 3) FSC Appendix 1A USGS (MP0 through MP 126) FSC Appendix 1A Typ Right-Of-Way Configuration FSC Appendix 1A Meter Station Plan Resource Report 2 Resource Report 3 Resource Report 4 Resource Report 5 Resource Report 6 Resource Report 7 Resource Report 8 Resource Report 9 Resource Report 10 Resource Report 11 Resource Report 12
A notice of the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity
The application is on file at the following locations:
Indiantown Library 15200 S.W. Adams Ave. Indiantown, FL 34956
Haines City Public Library 111 North 6th St. Haines City FL, 33844
Lake Wales Public Library 290 Cypress Garden Lane Lake Wales, FL 33853
Kenansville Library 1154 S. Canoe Creek Rd. Kenansville, FL 34739
Fort Pierce Branch Library 101 Melody Lane Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Okeechobee Library 206 S. W. 16th St. Okeechobee, FL 34974
Hart Memorial Central Library 211 East Dakin Ave. Kissimmee, FL 34741
FERC Notice of Intent, Scoping Meetings
Resource Report 10 Submission Letter
Draft Resource Report One – Part One
Draft Resource Report One – Part Two
Resource Report Two
Resource Report Three
Resource Report Four
Resource Report Five
Resource Report Six
Resource Report Seven
Resource Report Eight – Part One
Resource Report Eight – Part Two
Resource Report Nine
Resource Report Ten
Resource Report Eleven
Resource Report Twelve
Resource Report Appendix 1A – Part One
Resource Report Appendix 1B – Part One
Resource Report Appendix 1B – Part Two
FERC Pre-Filing Monthly Status Reports
Monthly Report December 2013
Monthly Report February 2014
Monthly Report March 2014
Monthly Report April 2014
Monthly Report June 2014
Monthly Report July 2014 Monthly Report August 2014
Monthly Report September 2014
Here are some important questions and answers regarding natural gas, the Florida Southeast Connection pipeline and FERC.
Does FERC determine your electric and natural gas bills?
No. The retail rates that you pay are determined by the Florida Public Service Commission.
However, what FERC does ultimately affects consumers’ bills. FERC regulates the rates charged to transport natural gas via pipelines.
Does FERC regulate natural gas prices?
FERC does not regulate the price of natural gas. It only regulates the price to transport natural gas. FERC stopped regulating natural gas prices at the well head during the 1980s.
Natural gas prices paid by consumers or in this case the utility are subject to supply and demand, storage, transportation charges, and ultimately the Florida Public Service Commission.
Who has the ultimate authority over FERC?
FERC answers to the U.S. Congress. Commissioners and senior staff are routinely called to testify before various committees.
FERC’s decisions also can be appealed before the federal courts.
Does FERC approve electric energy and natural gas projects?
The only electric generating projects that require FERC approval are hydropower projects.
FERC also approves the construction and operation of interstate natural gas pipelines, storage facilities and liquefied natural gas terminals.
Where can I find out more information regarding the Florida Southeast Connection’s FERC application process?
On October 16, 2013, FERC approved Florida Southeast Connection’s use of the pre-filing review process for this project. This process allows FERC’s review of the proposed project prior to our application submittal to identify and address issues early in the process. Information regarding our pre-filing request is available under Docket No. PF14-2 in FERC’s eLibrary website at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp.
Who should you call if you have a complaint or problem with a company or organization regulated by FERC?
You should call the Enforcement Hotline toll-free at 1-888-889-8030 or 202-502-8390. You can also email the Enforcement Hotline at firstname.lastname@example.org. Retail problems involving gas or electric service or billing are not within the Commission’s jurisdiction. Such problems should be directed to your state commissions.