FERC Takes Hard Line With New Power Transmission Rule

Law360, New York (March 29, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT) -- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently rejected Duke Energy Corp.'s plans to comply with a controversial new rule requiring utilities to outline ways to meet regional transmission needs and demanded significant revisions to three regional operators' plans, signaling it will give companies little leeway to devise creative ways to satisfy the rule's key provisions.

FERC Order No. 1,000, adopted by the regulator in 2011 and affirmed in May over widespread industry objections, is meant to spark new transmission investment by requiring utilities to create regional plans...
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