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Department of Energy seeks industry input for 2012 electric transmission congestion study

15 November 2011

Energy Alert

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (DOE) recently announced its plans to conduct a study of transmission congestion in 2012. The congestion study is the required first step in a process that could lead to the designation of new National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors, where the federal government can exercise "back-stop" siting authority if a state has withheld approval on a siting application for more than a year. While this backstop authority has been trimmed by court decisions, inaction by a state (as opposed to denial of a siting application) could give life to this federal power, and there is regular debate in Congress about whether this back-stop authority should be enhanced.

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