New Hampshire, U.S.A. — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order No. 1000 on July 21. The order amends FERC’s requirements for interstate electric transmission companies to allocate the costs of transmission planning and developments to their customers. This is a big step for transmission projects and planning and the effect it will have on renewable energy projects, especially hydroelectric developments, could be positive.
What is Order 1000?
The 620-page rule aims to give public utility transmission providers in a region a common method for allocating the costs of new transmission facilities. It also allows them to evaluate transmission alternatives at the regional level that may resolve the region’s needs more efficiently or cost effectively, according to the World Alliance for Decentralized Energy. Similarly, two neighboring transmission-planning regions must have a common interregional cost allocation method for new interregional transmission facilities.