Industries Transmission Investment
December 21, 2007 - Xcel Energy Services (ER07-1415-000)
The Commission granted the NSP Companies' request for a 100 percent Construction Work in Progress in rate base and 100 percent Abandoned Plant Recovery, contingent on the receipt of the Certificate of Need for the proposed projects from the Minnesota Public Utility Commission. The NSP Companies are currently undergoing a major electric transmission expansion program designed to provide the transmission infrastructure necessary to meet state renewable energy generation standards and reliably serve increased loads in the five state region served by the NSP Companies. News Release
November 16, 2007 - Pepco Holdings (ER08-10-000)
The Commission granted Pepco Holdings's request to implement a transmission rate incentive of 50-basis points for continued membership in PJM Interconnection. Pepco Holding's request was filed on behalf its transmission-owning public utility affiliates, Atlantic City Electric Company, Delmarva Power and Light Company and Potomac Electric Power Company. News Release
November 16, 2007 - Baltimore Gas & Electric Company (ER07-576-000 and ER07-576-001)
The Commission determined that Baltimore Gas & Electric's (BG&E) request for transmission rate incentives for transmission owner-initiated (TOI) projects qualifies for a Return on Equity (ROE) transmission rate incentive. The order approved a 100-basis point ROE incentive for the TOI facilities, which were designed to improve the reliability and safety of BG&E facilities in Baltimore and Carroll counties, Maryland. News Release
November 16, 2007 - Southern California Edison Company (EL07-62-000)
The Commission FERC found that Southern California Edison's proposed projects meet the rebuttable presumption, established in Order No. 679, of eligibility for incentive rate treatment because they have been approved by a regional planning process. Specifically, Southern California Edison is proposing to build three projects: the Devers-Palo Verde II Project, which consists of the construction of two major transmission lines; the Tehachapi Project, which consists of more than 200 miles of 500 kV transmission line, approximately 10 miles of 220 kV transmission line and three new substation facilities; and the Rancho Vista Project, which includes a proposed new 500 kV substation. The Tehachapi Project will allow significant amounts of wind generation to interconnect with the Southern California Edison's transmission system. News Release
October 2, 2007 - Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line Company (ER07-562-002 and ER07-562-003)
The Commission denied rehearing of an order that accepted Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line Co's (TrAILCo) formula rate, subject to conditions, and suspended it for a nominal period, to become effective on June 1, 2007, as requested, subject to refund. The TrAIL Project is a proposed 500 kilovolt transmission line that is to be constructed from southwestern Pennsylvania to West Virginia to Northern Virginia, within the PJM Interconnection region.
July 24, 2007 - Baltimore Gas & Electric Company (ER07-576-000 and ER07-576-001)
The Commission accepted Baltimore Gas &Electric's (BG&E) return on equity adder for continuing membership in PJM and for baseline facilities. The order set for technical conference BG&E's return on equity adder for Transmission Owner Initiated projects. The Commission also rejected BG&E's return on equity adder for future transmission projects and its construction work in progress incentive and set forth a new policy on "routine" projects and the nexus test.
June 5, 2007 - Commonwealth Edison Company and Commonwealth Edison Company of Indiana (EL07-41-000, ER07-583-000 and ER07-583-001)
The Commission denied Commonwealth Edison's (ComEd) petition for a declaratory order requesting incentive rate treatment and set ComEd's proposed cost-of-service formula rate for hearing and settlement judge procedures. Specifically, ComEd requested that the Commission approve a 150 basis points return on equity incentive for the two specified projects; and (2) the ability to recover 50 percent construction work-in-progress in rate base for Phase II of the West Loop.
May 31, 2007 - Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line Company (ER07-562-000 and ER07-562-001)
The Commission addressed Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line Co's (TrAILCo) filing to implement a transmission cost of service formula rate for TrAILCo and an incentive rate authorization for a previously-qualified facility, the Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line Project (TrAIL Project). The TrAIL Project is a proposed 500 kilovolt transmission line that is to be constructed from southwestern Pennsylvania to West Virginia to Northern Virginia, within the PJM Interconnection region. Specifically, the Commission accepted TrAILCo's proposed formula rate, subject to conditions, and suspended it for a nominal period, to become effective on June 1, 2007, as requested, subject to refund.
May 22, 2007 - The United Illuminating Company (ER07-653-000)
The Commission conditionally granted United Illuminating Co.'s petition for transmission rate incentives in connection with a proposed transmission construction project located from Middletown to Norwalk, Connecticut. Specifically, the Commission granted 100 percent CWIP recovery, and accepted the 50 basis point return on equity adder for the underground portion of the Project, subject to certain conditions.
February 7, 2007 - Duquesne Light Company (EL06-109-000, et al.)
The Commission conditionally granted Duquesne Light Co.’s petition for transmission rate incentives in connection with a proposed $184 million transmission expansion project in Western Pennsylvania. The Commission directed Duquesne to file additional information in support of its request for incentive rates for transmission upgrades known as Transmission Owner Identified projects in PJM’s regional transmission expansion planning process within 30 days. News Release
January 19, 2007 - American Electric Power Service Corporation (EL06-50-001)
The Commission denied rehearing of an order that granted the petition for declaratory order approving the incentive rate treatment proposed by American Electric Power Service Corp. for a new 765 kilovolt transmission line that AEP Transco is proposing to build. The proposed transmission line would extend from West Virginia to New Jersey. The Commission conditioned its approval on the proposed project being included as part of the PJM Interconnection Regional Transmission Expansion Plan.
January 19, 2007 - Allegheny Energy, Inc., et al (EL06-54-001)
The Commission denied rehearing of an order that granted a petition for declaratory order filed by Allegheny Energy, and its subsidiaries, approving Allegheny's proposed incentive rate treatment for a new 500 kilovolt transmission line, which would extend from southwestern Pennsylvania to Virginia.
| Jeffery Hitchings