Captioning Contract with the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee
The protests of the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) – and the Army Corp of Engineers’ subsequent denial of its easement through the Missouri River in North Dakota – has been dominating the openings of newscasts and the front pages of newspapers across the country. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), a relatively small federal agency – with 1,500 employees and a budget under $300 million – plays a major role in the decision-making process for the routing of pipelines like DAPL and several others.
In early November, NCC was honored to be awarded a contract with FERC to provide a variety of captioning services. Within two days of launching the contract, we supported our first project for FERC, as we provided real-time captioning for the Commission’s webcast of its “Utilization in the Organized Markets of Electric Storage Resource” meeting, which you can view here. Our in-house team of post-production pros quickly converted the raw caption scripts into files formats for FERC’s post-production archiving needs.
Our point of contact at FERC appreciated the quick turnaround, stating, “I’d like to thank NCC for the quick response and ability to jump right into meeting FERC’s captioning needs given the short turn around window post award!”
We look forward to covering FERC’s monthly Commission Meeting webcasts, plus additional events as they arise.
FERC, which was established in 1977, regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, oil, and natural gas (the latter of which is now used to heat about half the homes in the United States), with the mission to “assist customers in obtaining reliable, efficient and sustainable energy services at a reasonable cost through appropriate regulatory and market means.”
NCC is grateful that FERC has put its trust in NCC to deliver high quality captioning and post-production services, and we look forward to enabling communication and collaboration between FERC staff and the general public.