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New Lab Report Reviews Implementation of FERC Orders 1000 and 890

A new report from Berkeley Lab reviews the implementation of FERC orders 890 and 1000, and how they are affecting transmission planning and project decisions.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order Nos. 890 and 1000 established requirements that transmission planning regions must follow in doing regional transmission planning and allocating the costs of new transmission facilities.

Order No. 890, issued in 2007, outlined general requirements for local as well as regional transmission planning practices and procedures.  Order No. 1000, issued in 2011, laid out specific requirements for: (1) regional transmission planning; (2) consideration of transmission needs driven by public policy requirements; (3) non-incumbent transmission development; (4) interregional transmission coordination; and (5) cost allocation for transmission facilities that have been selected in a regional transmission plan for purposes of cost allocation.

A new report fromLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Regional Transmission Planning-A review of practices following FERC Order Nos. 890 and 1000 builds on the work of two prior Berkeley Lab reports on Regional Transmission Plans and Regional Transmission Projects.

The new report reviews how these FERC Orders are being implemented by the 12 transmission planning regions recognized by FERC. We focus on the practices for selecting transmission projects in a regional transmission plan for purposes of cost allocation that are at the center of Order No. 1000.

The report discusses regional sponsorship and competitive bidding selection approaches by linking a region’s general reliance on one of the two approaches to fundamental differences among the regions, which stem from the scope of the transmission planning activities they conduct.

The report also extends basic descriptions of how the transmission planning regions assess regional transmission needs that are driven by reliability, public policy requirements, and economic considerations by explaining how these assessments are sequenced within each region’s transmission planning processes.

A specific focus of the report is identification of areas where current publicly available sources of information should be bolstered to support monitoring of regional transmission planning.

The full report, and accompanying appendices, can be downloaded at

Funding for this research was provided by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Offices of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and Energy Policy and Systems Analysis.

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