US power transmission rule satisfies the market, for now

US power transmission rules

After more than 13 months and some 200 comments from market participants, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Ferc) finally addressed the changing nature of US transmission infrastructure, by passing a rule covering regional planning and cost allocation for interstate transmission on July 21, 2011.

The rule removes two major hurdles to building large-scale transmission facilities in the US. It establishes a regional planning and co-ordination process to identify the projects that should be

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