FERC Rules Unfairly Snub State Authority, Agencies Say

By Emily Atkin (July 25, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT) -- The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners approved a resolution Wednesday strongly criticizing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, saying the agency's implementation of a rule governing transmission planning "inappropriately infringes" on states' authority over the electric grid.

As implemented, Order No. 1000 — a complex rule that requires public utility transmission providers to make compliance filings with FERC — is not giving the states enough say in their own regional transmission planning and cost allocation policies, the non-profit industry group said. Because of this, transmission plans may lack the "expertise and in-depth knowledge" of local and regional utility conditions, the resolution...

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