7th Circ. Ruling Fortifies FERC's Transmission Rule

By Keith Goldberg (June 12, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT) -- In blessing Federal Energy Regulatory Commission orders allowing a regional transmission organization to charge members to finance new power lines to remote wind farms, experts say the Seventh Circuit last week effectively endorsed the agency's efforts to spread out the costs of expanding the nation's electricity grid and handed it some new ammunition to protect a controversial utility transmission planning rule.

On Friday, a three-judge panel affirmed all but one of FERC's 2010 orders allowing Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Inc. to impose a tariff on its 130 provider members to fund the construction of the new high-voltage power lines....

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