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The Tenaska complaint

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Last week, the Nebraska-based energy company Tenaska filed a complaint against the Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) recent charge increase on their Missouri transmission project. The complaint alleges that the grid operator unfairly increased their original upgrade bill from $16 million to $33.5 million. According to the complaint, the SPP erroneously omitted 4,500 MW worth of resources in their original interconnection study, leading to the lower initial upgrade quote. 

The project in question is a 242 MW wind plant in Missouri called ‘Clear Creek’. 

Cases such as this have put pressure on FERC to reform transmission planning rules. Critics claim the laborious and unclear processes are to blame for the nation’s lackluster progress on renewable interconnection. The data seems to report this claim. A recent report commissioned by the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) found that 734 MW of projects were languishing on interconnection lines around the country in 2019. Nearly 90% of those projects were for battery storage and renewables. 

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The status quo seems bound to crumble as both market and activist pressure builds in favor of renewables.


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