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Filing Change Log Report - Has Minor Issue

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 15:13
If you use the Master Tariff - Filing Change Log Report under the Reports tab in eTariff, be aware that we found a slight issue with the list of filings it is generating in the report.  There is a ticket to fix it and should be in the next release.   This report has the user select a master tariff then a section/record that is in that master tariff (and date range optional - use no date to get a full history) and the report will list all the filings that section was in.  With the exception of one case...   The issue we found with the report:
  1. If the section/record ID is imported into a filing from the Master Tariff – that filing will show up in the report right away (no matter the status of the filing)
  2. If the section/record ID is imported into a filing from another filing that has been automerged; the new filing will show up in the report right away (no matter the status of the filing)
  3. If the section/record ID is imported into a filing from another filing that has NOT been automerged; the new filing is not appearing in the report until it is automerged…. This means some compliance  and amendment of a pending filings may not be showing until after you automerge them if the section was imported from a pending filing that was not automerged yet either

So please be aware of this when using this report until we can push out a fix for it.

 

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Need to Refile Your EQR?

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:01
Seems FERC is finally getting around to informing those who may need to refile one or all of their quarters that they have recently submitted.   One common question that is coming in is how to do refile in Systrends EQR.  Just so you know it is pretty easy.
  • 1. Start by Creating a new filing
  • 2. Type in a title for the filing. It is usually recommended to include the year and quarter and if it is a refile... use the word "replace" in the title  so you can see in your filing library... what quarters you filed and refiled
  • 3. Status of the filing is "Draft" remember the system will update this to "Filed" when you click the "Submit to FERC" link in the queue.
  • 4. Filing type should be "REPLACE". This is the only difference for a refile! Instead of using "new" make sure you set this field to REPLACE. This tells FERC to forget what you filed before and replace it with this current filing.
  • 5. Fill out the quarter, year and agent details and then you are ready to upload your data.
  • 6. NOTE - replace filing negates the other filing for the same year/quarter. So you must upload all your data... not just what you need to add or change from what you field before.... Upload all data for the quarter.
  • 7. Generate the XML and Submit to FERC and you are set!

Contact EQR support if you have any question - eqrsupport@systrends.com 

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When to Associate at the Record Level - And Make it OBE

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:14
Compliance Filing Type
If the section is already acted on by FERC and you are filing a compliance filing to either change language or to change an effective date from 9998 to an actual date, you want to associate the record at the record level in order to show the association (in the compliance instance) or to remove the 9998 date (in the effective date instance).   Amendment Filing Type
When you associate a record to a pending record in eTariff in the same docket, you are replacing the pending record with the one you are associating, thus you want the original version to become “moot” or OBE. This means that FERC will not have to act on this section; they will look only at the associated version. A good way to think of this: when you file an amendment type filing (to correct or change a pending filing), you would submit the same redline as you did in the initial filing, but with corrections, so FERC will only rule on the amended version of the record, making the first version moot/OBE, because the first version was incorrect and you do not want FERC to act on it.   Filing Type: 10 New 205 Filing
In this scenario, you would NOT want to associate at the record level because you do not want to replace any version of a section that is still pending at FERC in a different docket. A new type 10 filing means that this is unrelated to other pending changes at FERC. This type of filing is why we have the option in Systrends to pull in a section from a filing (and not the Master Tariff) and NOT use the OBE box. You would use this when a new section was added to the Tariff in a filing and it is not yet merged into the Tariff for access for you to pull into a filing to make changes to. If you associate at the record level in a type 10 filing and file, it will turn the pending version of the record to OBE and not allow FERC to act on it in the other pending proceeding. You do not want to do this.   Please see more details in Systrends News Blog  

By: Sara Gordon, Wright & Talisman, P.C.

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New Process for eTariff Releases Coming in 2015

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 13:46
Systrends is going to have an eTariff release available every quarter starting the 1st quarter of 2015,. This means there will be 4 “versions” of eTariff released per year starting April 1, 2015.    The number schema for the version will be as follows for each quarter:                 2.5.1.xxxx            – to be released on or around Apr 1st                  2.5.2.xxxx            – scheduled release July 1st                  2.5.3.xxxx            – scheduled release Oct 1st                 2.5.4.xxxx            – scheduled release Jan 1st 2016  
  • The first number “2” is the eTariff version. This will only change to a 3 when the development team has made a significant change to eTariff.
  • The second number “5” is the year (2015). So in April 2016 release this will become a “6”.
  • The third number is the quarter for that year
  • There will be an additional 4 digits after the quarter number auto-generated by our system based on patches released in between quarters.
  After the last day of each quarter we will send out a notice about the new release and provide release notes of any enhancements, improvements and bugs that went into the release.    At this point you can review the release notes and see if there are any of the enhancements/fixes etc. that you want and let Systrends know if you would like to receive the update. If you want the release we will update your hosted production site or schedule an install.   You do not have to update each quarter. If you choose to wait until the “next quarter” release you can do so… at any quarter you choose to update your version of eTariff you will receive all the enhancements/improvements and bug fixes from all previous quarters. There is a plan to have release notes in the Help tab of eTariff so you will be able to view previous enhancements from other versions at any time.   This means anything considered an enhancement or improvement will only be available in the quarterly releases, so please keep that in mind if there is something you would like to have “changed” in eTariff. You may have to wait for that enhancement to be available in a quarterly release.   Bugs that prevent a filing from being completed will be treated as emergencies and will be taken care of immediately with a “patch update” to your server if needed.    Please let me know if you have any questions   Thank You   Renee Damaske Customer Support Manager renee.damaske@systrends.com  Forums: Systrends News

eTariffManager 2.4e Release Now Available

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 08:11

October 1, Systrends released eTariff version 2.4e

Visit www.etariff.biz to see the release notes describing the enhancements to the software. (need to have an account on etariff.biz to view - sign up, its free!)

If you are a hosted customer, your eTariff version will be updated in the next few weeks.

If you have eTariff installed locally, please touch base with Customer Support to obtain the updated version.

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Check out Systrends new Websites

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 15:28
Brand new and super cool.... www.systrends.com for all information on EDI, eTariff, and EQR applications www.etariff.biz for information on eTariff releases for eTariffManager, eTariffWeb, eTariffCompliance as well as trainings and demos for eTariff and EQR applications.  Forums: Systrends News

Systrends attends EQR Conference

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:59
Systrends attended the EQR conference hosted by Barabara Bourque of Energy Compliance Consulting. It was a great pleasure to learn so much about the EQR process. Thank you Barb for putting on a wonderful event that is so helpful for the new EQR filing process.Forums: Systrends News

New Release of eTariffManager Now Available

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 13:38
The most recent version of eTariff is v2.4c was made available July 1, 2014. The release notes below provide users with an overview of the changes.   To check if you are operating on the latest version; log in to eTariffManager, select Helptab>About, to view the version number of your eTariff. The latest version number is 2.4.0.3 with Database Build: 38. Go to eTariff Download page to get the latest releaseForums: Systrends News

eFileEQR New Release!

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:59
EQR had a new release at the end of August. A few improvements include
  • Grid view is now default
  • Overwrite/Append function working properly
  • Updated Help Guide in the Help > Contents Tab
  • Proper FERC filing types available
  • Ability to Manually enter ID data in the tree view - this save time from having to "upload" an extra spreadsheet because the data is already saved in the sytem.
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Systrends Receives SSAE 16 Type 2 Certification for Operations Center

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 14:13
Systrends, a leading provider of web-based software for the energy and utility markets, announced today the company has completed an SSAE 16 Type 2 audit covering their headquarters location in Tempe, Arizona. Certification of this Systrends facility further validates the resiliency and operational excellence of its security standards and further proves Systrends dedication to the information security of its customers. This independent evaluation demonstrates the effectiveness of its control policies and procedures. Systrends customers can feel confident that suitably designed controls are in operation, and operating effectively. “Systrends previously co-located our production servers and business recovery servers in two sites which were already SSAE 16 compliant. With the accomplishment of this audit, all sites where we have any equipment are now certified. This SSAE 16 accreditation will only further increase customer adoption of our secure billing and CIS, transaction transport, transformation, and data management solutions,” said David Darnell, Chief Executive Officer of Systrends. SSAE 16 is designed to provide Systrends customers with a level of assurance of corporate systems and controls. The Moore Group, CPA, a leader in providing SSAE 16 (SOC 1) and (SOC 2) and SAS 70 audits to small businesses throughout the United States, conducted the SSAE 16 (SOC 2) audit. The report, produced after a thorough independent examination of Systrends internal controls and processes, demonstrates the reliability and security of its operations center. This SSAE 16 report scope focuses on procedures which are likely to be relevant to Systrends customers’ requirements for data security and control. ABOUT SYSTRENDS
Systrends is a utility/energy billing and Customer Information System (CIS), data transaction and distribution software and services company headquartered in Tempe, Arizona. Since its inception in 1986, Systrends has been a leader in electronic data interchange (EDI) technology standards, Internet and value-added network (VAN) management, and communications and data security. Systrends has more than 30 years of solid software and information technology expertise and more than 20 years of experience in consulting, development, implementation, and integration. For more information, visit www.systrends.com or call 480-756-6777 x226. Forums: Systrends News

Need More Training on Systrends eTariff or EQR?

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 14:12
Contact Renee Damaske at renee.damaske@systrends.com to schedule a private training, demo or walkthrough of Systrends eTariff or EQR applications. Forums: Systrends News

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