• FERC Approves California and Midwest Planning Proposals with Implications for Renewable Resource and Transmission Developers
  • January 17, 2011 | Author: William L. Massey
  • Law Firm: Covington & Burling LLP - Washington Office
  • At its recent public meeting, FERC approved transmission planning proposals from the California ISO and the Midwest ISO that will, in part, better accommodate renewable resources by allocating across each region the costs of transmission projects needed to support public policy requirements. Spreading transmission project costs so widely will help lower the costs of putting power on the grid from new renewable energy resources. The California ISO process also incorporates demand response and non-transmission alternatives and allows independent developers to compete to build certain types of transmission projects, thereby relaxing somewhat the traditional right-of-first refusal of incumbent utilities to build all transmission facilities.