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Published: January 14, 2015

FERC Issues Ruling on Interregional Order 1000 Coordination


Contact: Patrick Damiano

On December 18, 2014, FERC issued its ruling on interregional coordination pursuant to Order 1000 pertaining to the four western planning regions (ColumbiaGrid, California ISO, Northern Tier Transmission Group, and WestConnect). ColumbiaGrid's jurisdictional transmission providers' (i.e. Avista, MATL, and PSE) compliance filings are due within 60 days of issuance of the order, such that the filings will be due no later than February 17, 2015. Bonneville Power Administration was also addressed in the order, though they are not subject to FERC's jurisdiction.

The FERC order was generally favorable in that the majority of the substance of the interregional compliance filings of the jurisdictional transmission providers of ColumbiaGrid was accepted by FERC. There were however, several items that the Commission directed the jurisdictional transmission providers of ColumbiaGrid to address, including directives articulated in paragraphs 26, 27, 83, 159, 166, and 167 of the order. A copy of the FERC order can be found at http://www.ferc.gov/industries/electric/indus-act/trans-plan/Interregional.asp.

Leading up to the February 17 compliance date, ColumbiaGrid will be working with its planning parties, particularly the three jurisdictional transmission providers, and the other three western planning regions (California ISO, Northern Tier Transmission Group, and WestConnect) to address the directives of the FERC order.

On a related matter, a copy of the First Amended and Restated Order 1000 Agreement can be found at https://www.columbiagrid.org/1000-overview.cfm and other interregional Order 1000 information at https://www.columbiagrid.org/o1000Inter-overview.cfm .






WHAT OUR MEMBERS SAY

Member: Avista Corporation      Project: ColumbiaGrid     
Avista Corporation

"In ColumbiaGrid, we now have the ability to resolve the three fundamental transmission questions: What transmission facilities should be built? Who should build them? Who should pay for them? With ColumbiaGrid's independent staff and process to resolve disputes, we can answer these questions effectively and in a timely fashion to facilitate our region's new resource development needs."
~~ Jeff Schlect, Manager, Transmission Services, Avista