Brattle experts submitted comments before the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in response to a request for comments regarding the role that the FERC should have in overseeing better coordination between the natural gas and electric power industries in order to prevent outages and reliability problems. Brattle experts highlighted regional differences and recommended that the FERC develop a thorough evidentiary foundation of the nature of the risks facing each region. For those regions that would demonstrate risks of un-served gas demand, Brattle suggested a second stage to design tactical solutions. These included: information sharing between gas and electric market participants; possibly new obligations on electricity market participants to have firm gas supply or other firm, flexible alternatives available during peak gas demand periods; different kinds of contingency (risk) planning; and/or potential new pipeline services and pricing to reflect short-term operational issues.