Statement of NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson on Federal Transmission Planning Process

Arlington VA, May 29, 2013 — The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) filed four briefs with the D.C. Circuit Court on May 28, 2013, appealing portions of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order No. 1000.  The following is a statement by NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson on NRECA’s decision to file an appeal.

Speaking for the more than 900 member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives, NRECA believes the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has a Congressionally-mandated responsibility to ensure a transmission system that meets the reasonable transmission needs of load-serving entities, enabling them to fulfill their service obligations.  NRECA has told the court that FERC cannot ignore this congressional mandate.  NRECA also told the court that FERC cannot depart from decades of court-blessed precedent by requiring the cost of a transmission project be paid by parties with no contract involving that project.

In addition, NRECA will be reviewing challenges made by investor-owned utilities to portions of Order No. 1000 that exempt cooperatives from participating in regional planning and cost allocation.  NRECA expects to file a brief in support of these portions of the rule in the fall.