FERC on Feb. 26 extended the deadline for interregional Order 1000 compliance filings to July 10 from April 11 for all public utility transmission providers (FERC Docket No. RM10-23).
A number of utilities and other entities, including the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), had requested that FERC extend the deadline, given the complexity of complying with the commission’s requirements regarding interregional transmission planning and cost allocation.
Order 1000, issued at the end of July 2011, amends transmission planning and cost allocation requirements established in a prior rule, Order 890. It requires regional and interregional coordination over transmission planning and removes incumbent utilities’ rights of first refusal (ROFR) to build new transmission lines. The July 10 filings comprise the second round of Order 1000 compliance filings. Regional compliance filings, addressing regional planning and cost allocation, were filed in the fall of 2012. FERC on Feb. 21 issued its first decisions on regional compliance filings.
“Movants state that the extensions of time would allow a reasonable amount of time for the public utility transmission providers to develop their interregional compliance proposals and to allow for stakeholder feedback while also allowing certain of the RTOs’ boards of directors to approve any suggested revisions through their required processes,” FERC said in the Feb. 26 decision. “Upon consideration, the commission will grant a 90 day extension of the Order No. 1000 interregional compliance filing deadline to enable public utility transmission providers in each transmission planning region to work with their stakeholders and develop interregional compliance filings with broad-based support.”