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Transmission Line-Siting Under EPACT: Shortcut or Short Circuit?

The 2005 Act, designed to streamline projects, may fall short of that goal.

Fortnightly Magazine - August 2007

Electric Transmission Facilities, Order No. 689, 117 FERC ¶ 61,202 at P 35 (2006), to be codified at 18 CFR Part 50, reh’g denied, Order Denying Rehearing, 119 FERC ¶ 61,154 (2007).

19. Order No. 689 at P 20-23, 31.

20. Letter from FERC Chairman Kelliher to Congressman J. Dingell of Jan. 5, 2007 at 3 (Docket No. 05-110-001).

21. Id.

22. Order No. 689 at P 214, 218.

23. Order No. 689 at P 26.

24. Order Denying Rehearing, 119 FERC ¶ 61,154 at P 11.

25. FERC’s Guide to the FERC Electric Transmission Facilities Permit Process, available at http://www.ferc.gov/for-citizens/citizen-guides/electric/guide-transmission.pdf.

26. See Order No. 689 at P 72.

27. FERC’s Guide to the FERC Electric Transmission Facilities Permit Process at 3.

28. 18 CFR §50.5.

29. 18 CFR §50.9.

30. FERC’s Guide to the FERC Electric Transmission Facilities Permit Process at 3.

31. Id. at 4.

32. FPA § 216(h)(4)(B)(i).

33. FERC’s Guide to the FERC Electric Transmission Facilities Permit Process at 4.

34. Order No. 689 at P 6-9. See Memorandum of Understanding on Early Coordination of Federal Authorization and Related Environmental Reviews Required in Order to Site Electric Transmission Facilities. The other agencies include the Department of Defense, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Commerce, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Council on Environmental Quality, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

35. FPA § 216(h)(4)(B)(i).

36. See Edison Electric Institute, Electric Transmission Line Siting Regulations Directory, available at http://www.eei.org/industry_issues/energy_infrastructure/transmission/siting_directory.pdf.

37. See 66 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 102 (2007).

38. See Delmarva Power & Light Co. v. Commonwealth, 870 A.2d 901 (Pa. 2005).

39. Application of Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line Company, Docket Nos. A-110172, et al. (April 13, 2007).

40. 52 Pa. Code §§ 57.75(e) and 57.76 (2007).

41. See e.g. Stone v. Pa. P.U.C., 162 A.2d 18 (Pa. 1960).

42. See Stephen J. Eagle, Securing a Reliable Electricity Grid: A New Era in Transmission Siting Regulation?, 73 Tenn. L. Rev. 1 (2005). Compare In re New England Electric, 48 P.U.R. 4th 477 (N.H. P.U.C. 1982) and In re New England Hydro-Transmission, 71 N.H. P.U.C. 727 (1986) with Miss. Code Ann. § 77-3-14 (2007).

43. FPA § 216(i).

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