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Transmission Tug-of-War

From EPAct to Order 1000, siting authority continues evolving.

Fortnightly Magazine - November 2011

Gas Company for a Determination Pursuant to the Provisions of NJSA 40:55D-19 (Susquehanna-Roseland Transmission Line) , Docket No. EM 09010035 (NJ BPU April 21, 2010); Application of PPL Electric Utilities Corporation Filed Pursuant to 52 Pa. Code Chapter 57, Subchapter G, for Approval of the Siting and Construction of the Pennsylvania Portion of The Proposed Susquehanna-Roseland 500 kV Transmission Line in Portions of Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Wayne Counties, Pennsylvania , Docket Nos. A-2009-2082652, et al. (Pa. PUC Feb. 12, 2010) (Order Approving Application); and Application of PPL Electric Utilities Corporation Filed Pursuant to 52 Pa. Code Chapter 57, Subchapter G, for Approval of the Siting and Construction of the Pennsylvania Portion of The Proposed Susquehanna-Roseland 500 kV Transmission Line in Portions of Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Wayne Counties, Pennsylvania , Docket Nos. A-2009-2082652, et al. (Pa. PUC April 23, 2010) (Order on Reconsideration).

8. 16 U.S.C. § 824p(b), see Piedmont at pp. 313-314.

9. 16 U.S.C. § 824p(b)(1)(A)(i).

10. 16 U.S.C. § 824p(b)(1)(A)(ii).

11. 16 U.S.C. § 824p(b)(1)(B).

12. 16 U.S.C. § 824p(b)(1)(C)(i).

13. 16 U.S.C. § 824p(b)(1)(C)(ii).

14. Regulations for Filing Applications for Permits to Site Interstate Electric Transmission Facilities , Order No. 689, 117 FERC ¶ 61,202 at P 35 (2006), to be codified at 18 C.F.R. Part 50, reh’g denied , Order Denying Rehearing, 119 FERC ¶ 61,154 (2007).

15. Order No. 689 at P 26.

16. Order No. 689, Commissioner Kelly, dissenting in part.

17. Piedmont, 558 F.3d 304 at p. 309.

18. Id. at p. 313.

19. Id. at p. 314.

20. To Repeal Section 216 of the Federal Power Act , HR 809, 110th U.S. Congress (2007-2008).

21. Specifically, FPA § 216 provides that no later than August 2006, and every three years thereafter, DOE, in consultation with affected states, shall conduct a study of electric transmission congestion and DOE may, based on the results of the congestion study, designate any geographic area experiencing constraints or congestion that adversely affects consumers as a NIETC.

22. 71 Fed. Reg. 45,047 (Aug. 8, 2006).

23. 72 Fed. Reg. 25,840 (May 7, 2007).

24. 72 Fed. Reg. 56,992 (Oct. 5, 2007) (the Mid-Atlantic Area NIETC includes some or all counties in DE, OH, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, WV, and DC; and the Southwest Area NIETC includes seven counties in Southern California and three counties in western Arizona).

25. 73 Fed. Reg. 12,959 (Mar. 11, 2008).

26. California Wilderness Coalition at p. 1095.

27. California Wilderness Coalition at p. 1084 (internal quotations omitted).

28. Id. at p. 1085.

29. Id. at p. 1088.

30. Id. at p. 1095.

31. Id. at p. 1096.

32. 42 U.S.C.S. § 4321, et seq .

33. California Wilderness Coalition at p. 1098.

34. Id. at p. 1099.

35. Id. at p. 1101.

36. Id. at p. 1107 (“the Designation of the NIETCs is vacated).

37. Troy State University v. Dickey , 402 F.2d 515, 516 (5th Cir. 1968) (stating that “[t]he effect of vacating the judgment below is to take

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