in News Departments > Policy Watch
print the content item

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) filed for rehearing with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) over its National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor (NIETC) for the Mid-Atlantic region while also filing suit against the designation in the U.S. District Court.

In its petition for rehearing before DOE and its filing in the U.S. District Court, the PUC maintained that the NIETC is overly broad, calling the plan beyond the scope intended by Congress in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The filing before the U.S. District Court also asks the court to prevent the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from implementing the NIETC at this time.

According to both filings, the PUC alleges that the DOE's "expansive interpretation of its own powers is neither reasonable, nor reasonably required to effectuate Congress' purpose," nor is it supported by the Act.

In addition, the PUC says:

- the federal government failed to apply the law in a manner that is minimally intrusive on traditional state siting authority and jurisdiction

- DOE failed to adequately identify congestion levels and sources, and lacks the required findings of fact

- the NIETC boundaries fail to adhere to the requirements of the law

- the federal government used an inadequate basis for the NIETC designation, and

- DOE failed to include the requirement that a project not conflict with regional planning in its designation.

The current NIETC includes 52 out of Pennsylvania's 67 counties in the corridor's Mid-Atlantic region.


Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Eagle Take Permits For Wind Farms - Will They Fly?

Now that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued the first permit allowing the legal take of eagles, can wind developers expect more certainty in the agency's application process?


Despite 2013 Challenges, U.S. Wind Power Reaches All-Time Low Price

In a new report, the U.S. Department of Energy details the highs and lows of the country's wind industry last year, and the agency maintains that the U.S. sector remains strong.


Mexico On Pace To Set New Renewables Investment Record

A new report says the country has spent $1.3 billion on clean energy in the first half of 2014 and could end up seeing a record year. Furthermore, wind power is slated for significant growth in the region.


IRS Issues More PTC Guidance, Easing Some Wind Industry Concerns

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) addresses how much work is needed on a wind farm to satisfy production tax credit (PTC) eligibility.


Embryonic No More: U.S. Offshore Wind Industry Gaining Momentum

After a decade of fits and starts, the industry is moving closer to installing the first generation of wind projects off the country's shores.

Renewable NRG_id1934
Canwea_id1984
Tower Conference_id1965