The Search form is used to search Filings, Tariff Record Versions, and Tariff Content within a Tariff Database on the application server to which the user is connected.

The fields that are searched are:

  • Title
  • Docket Number
  • Comments
Tariff Record Version
  • Description
  • Title
  • Narrative Name
  • Section Number
  • Comments
Tariff Content
  • Plain text version of Tariff Record Version content

Figure 1:Search form

Figure 2:Filing search restuls (click image for larger view)

Figure 3:Tariff Record Version search results (click image for larger view)


Select the Tariff in which you wish to search. If you do not select a Tariff, only Filings will be searched.
What would you like to search forn/a
Search term(s) for which you wish to search
Search Mode
Select Basic or Advanced


An arbitrary score assigned by the search algorithm. A higher rank indicates a better match to the search criteria than a lower rank.
Filing Title
Title of the Filing
Status of the Filing: Draft, Filed, or Complete
FERC Filing Date
Date the Filing will be/was filed with FERC
Docket Number
Docket number of the Filing
Filing Type
Type of Filing in the form of (1) the Code, followed by (2) the Description, followed by (3) the Type (in curly braces)
FERC Filing Id
This is the Filing identifier that is sent to FERC when the Filing is filed.


An arbitrary score assigned by the search algorithm. A higher rank indicates a better match to the search criteria than a lower rank.
Record Number
Record Number of the Tariff Record Version
Version number of the Tariff Record Version
Description of the Tariff Record Version
Title of the Tariff Record Version
Narrative Name
Narrative Name of the Tariff Record Version
Option letter of the Tariff Record Version. Refer to FERC's OSEC eTariff Implementation Guide for complete details about options.
The display name of the Filing in which the Tariff Record Version resides.
Effective Date
Effective date of the Tariff Record Version within the Filing.
FERC's response to the filing of the Tariff Record Version: Approved, Approved Subject to Conditions, Effective, Pending, Rejected, Suspended, Draft, Overtaken by Events, Pro Forma Ordered, Withdrawn, or Retired. If the Tariff Record Version is included in more than one filing, the field will display "<multiple>".
Displays an icon for Tariff Record Versions that have comments. Hover the mouse over the icon to read the comments.
Change Type
The type of change that was requested for the Tariff Record Version within the Filing: New, Change, Pro Forma, Withdraw, or Cancel. If the Tariff Record Version is included in more than one Filing, the field will display "<multiple>".
File As
The type of document (RTF or PDF) that will be filed as the Tariff Record Version's content. If the Tariff Record Version is included in more than one filing, the field will display "<multiple>".

Basic Search

A basic search consists of any text, including words, phrases, or sentences. TariffShark will list Filings and TRVs found to contains the search term(s).

Terms or phrases enclosed in double quotes are taken literally and no inflectional forms are generated. For instance, searching for "tariff shark" (including the quotes) will match only results with the exact phrase "tariff shark" whereas without the quotes any combination of the two words and their inflectional forms (e.g. tariffs, sharks) will be returned followed by matches of each word individually.

Noise Words/Stopwords

These are common tokens that are considered useless or nearly useless in search applications and thus eliminated from the search. These include tokens that are either too short (e.g., "a", "I", "1") or tokens that occur too frequently to add value to a search (e.g. "the", "is", "this").


  • this is the tariff

Advanced Search

Boolean Logic

The keywords "AND", "AND NOT", or "OR" can be used to apply Boolean logic to search terms


  • tariff AND NOT shark
Prefix Searches

The wild-card asterisk symbol "*" can be used to perform a prefix search. Results are produced based upon any words within containing the specified prefix. The search token must be enclosed in double quotes for the server to recognize it as a prefix search term.


  • "tar*"
Proximity Searches

Using the keyword "NEAR" (or the "~" operator) between two search terms performs a proximity search in which the number of intervening words between terms is factored into the rank of results that contain both terms.


  • tariff NEAR shark
  • tariff ~ shark
Inflectional Searches

Different forms of a word can be searched for by using the "FORMSOF(INFLECTIONAL,<search_term>)" function. Language-specific rules and dictionary lookups are used to generate inflectional word forms which include verb conjugations, plural and singular nouns, and adjective forms. For instance, specifying the search term "swim" will result in a search being performed for each of the following "swim", "swims", "swimming", "swam", and "swum".


Weighted Searches

The ability to associate higher preference for certain search terms over others can be achieved by using the ISABOUT function with the WEIGHT keyword. The higher the weight of the term (between 0.0 and 1.0) the greater preference the match will be given.


  • ISABOUT(tariff WEIGHT(0.2), shark WEIGHT(0.8))

Action Buttons

Initiates the Search

SmartBar Commands

None available.

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