WRTA First to get FERC Final Approval

Fortnightly Magazine - July 1 1995
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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has granted final approval to the Western Regional Transmission Association (WRTA), making it the first regional transmission group (RTG) approved under the FERC's 1993 policy statement (Docket Nos. ER94-1288-003 and

ER94-1288-004).

WRTA had received conditional approval last October, but members were directed to provide comparable electric transmission service and file a single, regional transmission plan. The FERC reasoned that an RTG's primary purpose is to facilitate use of transmission services and resolve related disputes, making a regional plan necessary. The WRTA coordinating committee will prepare a plan biannually on coordinated transmission for the entire Western interconnection. But although WRTA members have an obligation to serve, they are not required to commit to the plan, and the RTG cannot force them to implement a specific proposal.

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