March 13, 2024

ICYMI: CPUC Commissioner Calls on FERC to Embrace Transmission Competition

Commissioner Houck Urges FERC to Drop its ROFR Provisions from its Transmission Planning NOPR

WASHINGTON – IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Commissioner Darcie L. Houck has urged FERC to embrace transmission competition and drop the right of first refusal (ROFR) provisions from its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) on transmission planning. In a joint federal-state task force meeting between FERC and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), the California official highlighted the considerable cost savings that transmission competition has brought to CAISO.

In her statement, Commissioner Houck stressed the importance of embracing competition at a time when federal and state governments are making considerable investments in transmission, stating:

“Cognizant of this moment in which significant investment is being channeled into transmission to build the grid of the future, we are hopeful that the final rule FERC issues will help ensure that ratepayers get the most bang for their buck. California is particularly concerned that were FERC to adopt either of the proposed ROFRs, competition for transmission infrastructure in the CAISO and throughout the country would effectively be eliminated, and we would view this as a regulatory step backward and a terrible loss for California ratepayers who would lose out on the considerable improving cost savings from competition as demonstrated in the CAISO over the past 11 years.”

You can watch the full video here.


About the Electricity Transmission Competition Coalition

The Electricity Transmission Competition Coalition (ETCC) is a broad-based, nation-wide coalition committed to increasing competition in America’s electricity transmission infrastructure. We advocate for common-sense policies and solutions that result in competitively priced transmission projects, which reduce energy costs for all ratepayers – from large manufacturers to residential consumers. The ETCC represents a diverse group of 93 companies and organizations from all 50 states, including manufacturing groups, retail electric consumers, state consumer advocates, public power representatives, think tanks, and non-incumbent transmission developers.

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