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PUBLIC LAW 100-000—MMMM. DD, 1988

PUBLIC LAW 100-473—OCT. 6, 1988

Public Law 100-473 100th Congress

102 STAT. 2299

An Act To provide for refunds pursuant to rate decreases under the Federal Power Act.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the "Regulatory Fairness Act".

Oct. 6, 1988 [H.R. 2858] Regulatory Fairness Act. Utilities. 16 USC 791a note.

SEC. 2. REFUNDS IN PROCEEDINGS UNDER SECTION 206 OF THE FEDERAL POWER ACT.

Section 206 of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 824e) is amended as follows: (1) At the end of subsection (a) insert: "Any complaint or Contracts, motion of the Commission to initiate a proceeding under this section shall state the change or changes to be made in the rate, charge, classification, rule, regulation, practice, or contract then in force, and the reasons for any proposed change or changes therein. If, after review of any motion or complaint and answer, the Commission shall decide to hold a hearing, it shall fix by order the time and place of such hearing and shall specify the issues to be adjudicated.". (2) Designate subsection Oa) as (d) and insert the following new subsections after subsection (a): "(h) Whenever the Commission institutes a proceeding under this section, the Commission shall establish a refund effective date. In the case of a proceeding instituted on complaint, the refund effective date shall not be earlier than the date 60 days after the filing of such complaint nor later than 5 months after the expiration of such 60-day period. In the case of a proceeding instituted by the Commission on its own motion, the refund effective date shall not be earlier than the date 60 days after the publication by the Commission of notice of its intention to initiate such proceeding nor later than 5 months after the expiration of such 60-day period. Upon institution of a proceeding under this section, the Commission shall give to the decision of such proceeding the same preference as provided under section 205 of this Act and otherwise act as speedily as possible. If no final decision is rendered by the refund effective date or by the conclusion of the 180-day period commencing upon initiation of a proceeding pursuant to this section, whichever is earlier, the Commission shall state the reasons why it has failed to do so and shall state its best estimate as to when it reasonably expects to make such decision. In any proceeding under this section, the Contracts. burden of proof to show that any rate, charge, classification, rule, regulation, practice, or contract is unjust, unreasonable, unduly discriminatory, or preferential shall be upon the Commission or the complainant. At the conclusion of any proceeding under this section, the Commission may order the public utility to make refunds of any amounts paid, for the period subsequent to the refund effective date through a date fifteen months after such refund effective date, in