Louisville Gas and Electric Co. and Kentucky Utilities Co., 071813 FERC, ER13-897-000

Docket Nº:ER13-897-000, ER13-908-000, ER13-913-000
Party Name:Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company Alabama Power Company Ohio Valley Electric Corporation
Judge Panel:Before Commissioners: Jon Wellinghoff, Chairman; Philip D. Moeller, John R. Norris, Cheryl A. LaFleur, and Tony Clark. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. CLARK, Commissioner, dissenting in part:
Case Date:July 18, 2013
Court:Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
 
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144 FERC ¶ 61, 054

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company

Alabama Power Company

Ohio Valley Electric Corporation

Nos. ER13-897-000, ER13-908-000, ER13-913-000

United States of America, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

July 18, 2013

Before Commissioners: Jon Wellinghoff, Chairman; Philip D. Moeller, John R. Norris, Cheryl A. LaFleur, and Tony Clark.

ORDER ON COMPLIANCE FILINGS

Paragraph Numbers

I. Background ............................................................................................................................ 2.

II. Compliance Filings ............................................................................................................... 5.

III. Notice of Filing and Responsive Pleadings ......................................................................... 9.

IV. Discussion ........................................................................................................................... 10.

A. Procedural Matters ........................................................................................................... 10.

B. Substantive Matters .......................................................................................................... 13.

1. Regional Transmission Planning Requirements ........................................................... 14.

a. Transmission Planning Region ................................................................................. 15.

i. Filing Parties' Compliance Filings ....................................................................... 18.

ii. Protests/Comments .............................................................................................. 22.

iii. Answer ................................................................................................................ 24.

iv. Commission Determination ............................................................................... 27.

b. Order No. 890 and other Regional Transmission Planning Process General Requirements ................................................................................................................ 34.

i. Filing Parties' Compliance Filings ....................................................................... 36.

ii. Protests/Comments .............................................................................................. 38.

iii. Answer ................................................................................................................ 40.

iv. Commission Determination ................................................................................ 41.

c. Requirement to Plan on a Regional Basis to Identify More Efficient or Cost-Effective Transmission Solutions ................................................................................. 47.

i. Affirmative Obligation to Plan ............................................................................. 50.

(a) Filing Parties' Compliance Filings ................................................................ 50.

(b) Protests/Comments ........................................................................................ 56.

(c) Answers .......................................................................................................... 57.

(d) Commission Determination ........................................................................... 58.

ii. Minimum Threshold Requirements ..................................................................... 65.

(a) Filing Parties' Compliance Filings ................................................................ 65.

(b) Protests/Comments ........................................................................................ 69.

(c) Answer ........................................................................................................... 72.

(d) Commission Determination ........................................................................... 75.

iii. Merchant Transmission Developers ................................................................... 84.

(a) Filing Parties' Compliance Filings ................................................................ 84.

(b) Protests/Comments ........................................................................................ 85.

(c) Commission Determination ........................................................................... 86.

iv. Other Issues ........................................................................................................ 87.

(a) Filing Parties' Compliance Filings ................................................................ 87.

(b) Protests/Comments ........................................................................................ 88.

(c) Answers .......................................................................................................... 90.

(d) Commission Determination ........................................................................... 91.

d. Consideration of Transmission Needs Driven by Public Policy Requirements ...... 92.

i. Consideration of Transmission Needs Driven by Public Policy Requirements in the Regional Transmission Planning Process ................................ 97.

(a) Filing Parties' Compliance Filings ................................................................ 97.

(b) Protests/Comments ........................................................................................ 101.

(c) Answer ........................................................................................................... 106.

(d) Commission Determination ........................................................................... 111.

ii. Consideration of Transmission Needs Driven by Public Policy Requirements in the Local Transmission Planning Process ..................................... 120.

(a) Filing Parties' Compliance Filings ................................................................ 120.

(b) Protests/Comments ........................................................................................ 121.

(c) Answer ........................................................................................................... 123.

(d) Commission Determination – Southern Companies and OVEC ................... 124.

(e) Commission Determination – LG&E/KU ..................................................... 125.

2. Nonincumbent Transmission Developer Reforms ....................................................... 128.

a. Federal Rights of First Refusal ................................................................................. 129.

i. Filing Parties' Compliance Filings ....................................................................... 132.

ii. Protests/Comments .............................................................................................. 133.

iii. Answer ................................................................................................................ 135.

iv. Commission Determination ................................................................................ 136.

b. Qualification Criteria ................................................................................................ 140.

i. Filing Parties' Compliance Filings ....................................................................... 143.

ii. Protests/Comments .............................................................................................. 147.

iii. Answer ................................................................................................................ 148.

iv. Commission Determination ................................................................................ 151.

c. Information Requirements ........................................................................................ 159.

i. Filing Parties' Compliance Filings ....................................................................... 161.

ii. Protests/Comments .............................................................................................. 165.

iii. Answer ................................................................................................................ 166.

iv. Commission Determination ................................................................................ 167.

d. Evaluation Process for Proposals for Selection in the Regional Transmission

Plan for Purposes of Cost Allocation ........................................................................... 172.

i. Filing Parties' Compliance Filings ....................................................................... 174.

ii. Protests/Comments .............................................................................................. 182.

iii. Answer ................................................................................................................ 191.

iv. Commission Determination ................................................................................ 195.

e. Reevaluation Process for Proposals for Selection in the Regional

Transmission Plan for Purposes of Cost Allocation .................................................... 206.

i. Filing Parties' Compliance Filings...

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