Should utilities get first right of first refusal on transmission projects?
- Oct 19, 2021 12:53 am GMT
When the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Order 1000 in 2011, the right of first refusal on transmission expansion projects was taken from utilities and the projects were then left to the competition of the open market.
According to some in the industry (utilities and their lobbyists, perhaps?) that rule change has essentially led to a standstill in transmission development over the last decade. With transmission taking a central role in the next decade's ambitions to combat carbon emissions, the FERC is considering a rule change around federal transmission policy.
In July, the FERC opened the process to reform transmission development rules and opened the question to the public to propose reforms. In an Oct. 13 filing, the Edison Electric Institute said the 2011 rule needs to change if we're going to see transmission projects manifest over the next decade.
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