PSCW asks FERC for more time to comment in Xcel Energy/ATC complaint

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin on March 5 requested that FERC extend the comment due date in the complaint Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) filed against American Transmission Company.

FERC set a due date of March 5 for comments in the proceeding (Docket No. EL12-28), which the PSCW requested to extend for itself only until March 26.

The PSCW argued it has had insufficient time to examine Xcel Energy’s “voluminous” complaint, and further noted that ATC had not filed its pleading as of the time the PSCW filed its request to intervene and motion to extend the due date for comments.

“In order to formulate any meaningful participation in this docket, the PSCW needs to see the response of the ATCLLC, which is not due until March 5,” the PSCW said in its filing. “Three additional weeks will provide the PSCW time for adequate review of that responsive filing, as well as the pleadings of any other potential parties.”

Xcel Energy on Feb. 14 filed a complaint with FERC, asking that FERC force ATC to the negotiating table to develop terms for shared ownership and construction of the proposed La Crosse-Madison transmission line. The company alleged that ATC’s unilateral pre-permitting activities for the line violate both the Midwest ISO’s open access transmission tariff and the transmission owners agreement.

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