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Destination Known, Route Uncertain

More and more companies are developing a clear vision of where they want to be energy-wise in the next decade or so. It won't be as easy as the press releases make it sound, due to a combination of electric transmission logistics, finances, stakeholder resistance, regulatory hurdles and all the unknowns that muddy up five, 10 year or multi-decade plans

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Each month POWERGRID International magazine highlights some of the electricity industry's latest important news stories.

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Each month POWERGRID International magazine highlights some of the electricity industry's latest important news stories.

FERC extends comment deadline on grid resiliency issues

This will allow those entities ranging from smart grid to fossil fuel and renewable industry associations to respond to the reports filed by Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators (RTO/ISO) on March 9.

FERC asks why utilities haven’t noted tax cuts in rate plans

FERC is asking the utilities to explain why they are still showing a maximum 35 percent corporate tax rates in their formulas which ultimately factor in costs for customers.

ISO New England resiliency report to FERC warns fuel security at risk

ISO-New England delivered a grid resiliency report to federal regulators that may not directly concur with Energy Secretary Rick Perry's call for price supports for coal and nuclear energy, but it certainly shares many of his gravest concerns over a future grid devoid of on-site stored fuels.

Virginia authorizes Dominion Virginia Power to build transmission project

The SCC said that the rebuild project must be built and in service by Dec. 31, 2019, but the company is granted leave to apply for an extension for good cause shown

MISO taking proposals for $130 million transmission line in Texas

Earlier this month, the MISO board of directors approved the 500-kV Hartburg-Sabine Junction as a market efficiency project and eligible for the system's competitive selection process

Regionals Take Lead on Resiliency

FERC Chooses RTOs/ISOs Over Proposed Fed Support for Coal, Nuclear

Xcel Energy, ITC Midwest propose Minnesota transmission line

Route alternatives for the proposed line traverse Blue Earth, Faribault, Martin, and Nicollet counties in Minnesota