Court Decision Reiterates FERC Authority over Interstate Transmission Planning

Recent court rulings on FERC Order No. 1000 uphold FERC authority over regional planning, placing federal regulators at the helm of modernizing the electric grid particularly in states operating in deregulated electric markets. The court decision vacating FERC’s ROE orders casts uncertainty for utilities that rely on FERC-approved rates for transmission services. The effectiveness of transmission planning processes will continue to be under scrutiny, as the U.S. power system undergoes transformational changes driven primarily by changes in the generation resource mix toward renewables and natural gas.

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