FERC Turned Blind Eye to Congestion Fee Fight, DC Circ. Told

Law360, Washington (January 22, 2013, 3:36 PM EST) -- Utility company PPL EnergyPlus LLC told a D.C. Circuit panel Tuesday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission allowed a regional transmission organization to shirk its legal responsibility to charge energy grid users adequate transmission congestion fees, which cut into the company's revenue.

According to PPL, utility companies acquired financial transmission rights from PJM Interconnection LLC, but the company used faulty forecast models and failed to adequately fund the program, which is used to hedge against price increases for transmission services. The regional transmission organization collects congestion...
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