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RNP News Item
June 21, 2013

FERC’s Decision on ColumbiaGrid’s Order 1000 Filing a Positive Step

This week, FERC conditionally accepted ColumbiaGrid’s Order 1000 compliance filing, requiring additional improvements in two key areas: cost allocation and the measurement of benefits. Renewable Northwest Project applauds the efforts of ColumbiaGrid and it’s members to improve the regional transmission planning and cost allocation process. The filing represents a significant improvement from the status quo and improves the level of coordination, openness and transparency in the planning process.

States Cameron Yourkowski, RNP’s senior policy manager, “Improving the transmission planning and cost allocation process will produce the transmission projects necessary to access the region’s most valuable renewable resources and will benefit ratepayers.”

Discussions are underway within the region to craft a cost allocation methodology that will reconcile the requirements of Order 1000 and with unique makeup of ColumbiaGrid’s membership.

Yourkowski continues, “ColumbiaGrid is an important regional transmission planning entity and its continued strength and cohesiveness is critical for the development of an efficient and reliable transmission system.”

RNP is confident that the time afforded by the Commission (120 days) will result in additional improvements to the planning and cost allocation process in the Northwest.

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