Will Congress dare to put local wires under federal control?
“We only have authority over the bulk-power grid. There’s no authority to compel any entity outside the bulk-power system to take any action.”
Joseph H. McClelland—who was then and still remains director of FERC’s office of electric reliability—made that statement during an interview with Fortnightly in late 2007 (see “CIP Goes Live,” January 2008). His statement remains true; Congress hasn’t amended the Federal Power Act in any way that would change the status quo, and a bright line still separates the distribution business from the federally regulated bulk-power system.