The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued its first orders on the merits of filings submitted to comply with the requirements of Order No. 1000, the Commission’s landmark July 2011 rule on electric transmission planning and cost allocation. In taking these actions, the Commission addressed filings for regions with both organized and bilateral markets.
Order No. 1000 requires public utility transmission providers to improve transmission planning processes, allocate costs for new transmission facilities to beneficiaries of those facilities and align transmission planning and cost allocation. This will remove barriers to development of transmission facilities.
In today’s orders, FERC concluded that PJM Interconnection (PJM) and Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO) have largely complied with the rule’s requirements, but directed them to clarify and refine their proposals in certain respects. Among its findings, the Commission:
With respect to the WestConnect transmission planning region compliance filings, FERC concluded that they partially comply with the requirements of Order No. 1000. FERC offered guidance to public utility transmission providers in the region and directed further compliance filings that: