Transmission Content

Disaster Response
Community
Reliability
Electric utility crews, including those at public power utilities, have been at the ready over the last few days to help with the disaster unfolding in Houston, but so far, the situation in the biggest city in Texas looks more like a matter of saving lives than of getting power restored.
Electricity Markets
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued two notices of inquiry in which the Commission seeks comments on possible improvements to its electric transmission incentives policy and opens an examination of whether, and if so how, to revise its policies on determining the return on equity used in setting rates charged by utilities it regulates.
Electricity Markets
As part of his $4.5 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2020, President Donald Trump has again proposed selling federal Power Marketing Administration and Tennessee Valley Authority transmission assets.
Community
Sacramento Municipal Utility District announced on March 1 that it is canceling the proposed Colusa-Sutter Transmission Line Project effective immediately. The public power utility’s decision to exit the project at this time comes early enough that SMUD will save approximately $4 million in this planning phase.
Electricity Markets
Responding to requests for rehearing of its Order No. 845, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Feb. 21 clarified certain reforms included in the final rule issued last year aimed at enhancing certainty, transparency, and efficiency in the generator interconnection process.
Electricity Markets
The American Public Power Association recently weighed in on a proceeding at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 on the accumulated deferred income taxes reflected in “public utility” transmission rates.
Electricity Markets
Facing billions of dollars in wildfire-related liabilities, California’s PG&E Corporation and its primary operating subsidiary, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, on Jan. 29 filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California.
Reliability
California public power utility Sacramento Municipal Utility District is using high technology tools to pinpoint, prune and remove unsafe trees and brush along sections of its rights of way to reduce potential fuel for wild fires.
Reliability
California public power utility Sacramento Municipal Utility District has turned to x-ray technology to help ensure the health of its power system.
Electricity Markets
An underwater transmission line project in New York took a major step forward and a deal was struck for the sale of a key transmission cable in San Francisco Bay.