FERC Issues Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Build for the Future

On July 15, 2021, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANOPR) titled Building for the Future Through Electric Regional Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation and Generator Interconnection. The ANOPR invited the public to comment on potential reforms and improvements to electric regional transmission planning and cost allocation and generator interconnection processes, along with related topics and specific questions.


FERC Chairman Richard Glick stated: “As the generation fleet shifts at an unprecedented rate from resources located closer to population centers towards resources located far from load centers, we must evaluate whether our transmission planning and cost allocation and generator interconnection processes require a more innovative and anticipatory approach.”


Glick also added: “This is the Commission’s first effort at major transmission reform in a decade, and I look forward to moving as expeditiously as possible to advance these conversations.”


As identified by Docket No. RM21-17, comments are due 75 days after publication in the Federal Register. Reply comments are due 105 days after publication in the Federal Register.


For more information, see FERC’s news releases here:


https://elibrary.ferc.gov/eLibrary/filelist?accession_num=20210715-3037


https://elibrary.ferc.gov/eLibrary/filelist?accession_num=20210715-3040