Sens. Seek To Block FERC Cost-Allocation Proposal

Law360 (February 18, 2011, 2:39 PM EST) -- A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has introduced a bill to thwart a proposed Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rule that would allow the costs of new transmission projects to be more broadly distributed.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., introduced S. 400, or the Electric Transmission Customer Protection Act, on Thursday to amend the Federal Power Act to require FERC to use a "measurable reliability or economic benefit" standard when the agency looks to distribute the costs of transmission projects across state lines.

Currently, the costs associated with...
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