MISO States start discussions on Long Range Transmission Projects (LRTP) cost allocation project category
- Nov 11, 2020 10:47 am GMT
There are more reasons than ever for the MISO Board to approve the Competitive Transmission project in MTEP2021. If MISO states come together and act fast – MISO stakeholders could benefit from another cost allocation category as well.
MISO, like other ISOs, has a Competitive Transmission Administration process, per FERC Order 1000 tariff. But since MISO’s Board approval of $5.2 billion Multi-Value Projects in MTEP 2011 – no big projects have been approved. There are some based on local reliability. There were a couple in the competitive transmission space.
Due to MISO North-South study, Michigan Import Limit study, MISO 100% Renewable study, and MISO – SPP Generator Interconnection coordination study – there is a greater confidence interval for 1-2 competitive transmission project solicitations in Spring of 2022, after MISO Board approval in fall of 2021.
My confidence that MTEP 2021 shall have 1-2 transmission projects competitively bid increases if the MISO States and Organization of MISO States (OMS) can stay focused on Long-Range Transmission Projects (LRTP) cost allocation project category.
One of the reasons why MISO and MISO states passed MVPs in 2011 was, the parallel effort called Cost Allocation Regional Planning (CARP). The catalyst to that MISO state-led CARP effort was the federal DOE's threat having the backstop authority to site transmission. I don’t know if that threat still works this time around.
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