NEMA supports transfer of DOE Transmission Corridor Authority to FERC

Rosslyn, Va., September 12, 2011— Citing its commitment to improving the regulatory environment for the planning, development, siting and construction of transmission infrastructure, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association weighed in at the Department of Energy in support of the transfer from DOE to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission of certain directives regarding transmission corridors authorized under the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

In a letter to DOE on September 9, NEMA offered its support for a draft proposal that would put into a single agency all EPAct05 authorities related to improving interstate transmission infrastructure in the most congested areas of the country. 

EPAct05 gave DOE and FERC complementary responsibilities to improve the nation’s ability to develop high-priority transmission lines. FERC and DOE have drafted a plan that would move DOE’s authorities to conduct triennial transmission congestions studies and to establish National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors to FERC. EPAct05 had already assigned FERC to issue permits for construction within DOE-identified NIETC.

Since enactment of the law, two court decisions invalidated FERC’s backstop siting authority in these transmission corridors as well as DOE’s designation of the two NIETC themselves, one in the Mid-Atlantic and the other in the Southwest. 

NEMA is the association of electrical equipment manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Its member companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical diagnostic imaging systems. Worldwide annual sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion.

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