San Diego Law Review


Frank P. Darr

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The Federal Power Act authorizes the use of joint boards to solve federal-state coordination problems. This Article is a critical analysis of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (Commission) refusal to incorporate regional state boards in decision-making policies. The author suggests that this policy of division between the federal and state authorities is not consistent with the Commission's legislative mandate from Congress. He recommends that the Commission accommodate state desires for participation in those matters in which the balance of political needs favors coordinated action. This Article critiques the rationales offered by the Commission for avoiding the use of joint boards, hearings, or conferences.