FERC Order No. 1000: New Demands for Energy Providers

Navigating Significant Changes in Regional and Interregional Transmission Planning Requirements and Cost Allocation

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Tuesday, November 1, 2011

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This CLE course will provide guidance to counsel for energy providers on the significant changes of FERC Order No. 1000. The panel will offer best practices for tackling important implementation issues for regional and interregional transmission planning requirements and transmission cost allocation.


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued Order No. 1000 in July 2011, its final rule on transmission planning and cost allocation. The rule establishes significant changes to transmission planning processes.

Among the changes, the order calls for the creation of regional transmission planning processes and requires transmission providers to participate and produce a transmission plan. The providers must also describe how public policy requirements will be considered in the processes.

The Commission also directs transmission providers to remove any provisions granting a federal right of first refusal (ROFR) to transmission facilities from FERC-approved tariffs and agreements. Counsel must prepare now to navigate the many changes to the transmission planning process to ensure client compliance.

Listen as our authoritative panel of energy attorneys examines the major components of FERC Order No. 1000 and offers best practices for tackling important implementation issues for regional and interregional transmission planning requirements and transmission cost allocation.



  1. Regional transmission planning requirements
    1. Identification and evaluation of transmission alternatives at regional level
    2. Application of reciprocity requirements in Order Nos. 888, 890
    3. Participation in regional transmission planning process
    4. Public policy requirements
  2. Interregional transmission planning requirements
    1. Coordination for more efficient and cost-effective solutions to transmission needs
    2. Information sharing of regional needs and possible solutions
    3. Identification and joint evaluation of interregional transmission facilities
  3. Transmission cost allocation
    1. Regional cost allocation
    2. Interregional cost allocation
    3. Cost allocation principles
  4. Non-incumbent transmission developer requirements
    1. Removal of ROFR from open access transmission tariffs
    2. Amendment to tariffs to require reevaluation of regional transmission plan
  5. Best practices for implementation
    1. Evaluating facilities v. sponsors
    2. ROFRs for local facilities
    3. Regional cost allocation
    4. Upgrading current facilities v. new projects


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What changes are in store for regional transmission planning?
  • What requirements are established for transmission cost allocation?
  • What is the potential impact of the non-incumbent developer reforms and the elimination of the rights of first refusal?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


Lyle D. Larson
Lyle D. Larson

Balch & Bingham

He maintains a public utility practice focused on the electricity industry, energy and electricity infrastructure...  |  Read More

Bob Edwards
Bob Edwards

Troutman Sanders

He represents energy companies and public utilities concerning antitrust, public utility regulation and related...  |  Read More

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