Berkeley Lab report announcement: Regional Transmission Planning-A review of practices following FERC Order Nos. 890 and 1000

December 6, 2017

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is pleased to announce the release of a new report: Regional Transmission Planning-A review of practices following FERC Order Nos. 890 and 1000. This report, and its accompanying appendices, build on the work of two prior Berkeley Lab reports on Regional Transmission Plans and Regional Transmission Projects

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order Nos. 890 and 1000 established requirements that transmission planning regions must follow in 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.

This 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:

We appreciate the funding support of the U.S. Department of Energy's Offices of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and Energy Policy and Systems Analysis.