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August 15, 2014
Brattle Studies Cited by Appeals Court in Decision to Uphold Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order 1000

In today’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals in the case between the South Carolina Public Service Authority versus the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Alabama Public Service Commission et al., the court upheld FERC’s Order 1000 and cited the work of Brattle economists in its opinion.

FERC’s Order 1000 requires regional and inter-regional coordination of transmission planning and cost recovery. In its decision to uphold Order 1000, the court cited comments submitted by Brattle economists during FERC’s rulemaking that identified a large number of planned transmission projects, the majority of which would not be built due to overlaps and deficiencies in transmission planning and cost recovery processes. Furthermore, the court quoted Brattle’s comments as “one example of record evidence documenting the cost of inefficient and irregular planning” and noted that “the analysis by The Brattle Group confirms that it required no speculation by the Commission to conclude , ‘based on [its] expertise and knowledge of the industry, … that regional transmission planning is more effective if it results in a transmission plan, is open and transparent, and considers all transmission needs.’”

The opinion also cites a Brattle study that estimated approximately $298 billion of investment in new electric transmission facilities would be needed between 2010 and 2030 to maintain current levels of reliable electric service across the United States.

The Brattle Group is an industry leader in analyzing regulatory, economic, and financial issues surrounding transmission planning, operations, pricing, siting, and cost-benefit analyses. For examples of our recent transmission work, click on the links below.