FTC/DOJ Joint Comment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Regarding Modifications to FERC Requirements for Review of Certain Transactions and Market-Based Rate Applications

Matter Number:

V170000

Docket Number:

RM16-21-000

Summary

The FTC and DOJ submitted a comment to FERC regarding market power in wholesale electricity markets. The comment responds to a FERC request for comments on how it assesses market power with respect to mergers and electricity sales at market-based rates, which it evaluates under the Federal Power Act (FPA). The agencies encouraged FERC not to rely solely on structural indicators of market power, such as market share or concentration, when assessing market power under FPA sections 203 and 205.