Recently, the Supreme Court refused to hear and therefore upheld the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on grid cost-allocation in the Midwest. AWEA responded with this statement to the news.
“We are pleased that the Supreme Court declined to review the ruling by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that transmission upgrades provide a broad range of benefits to the grid and to consumers – lower costs, improved reliability, reduced congestion and helping to achieve national and regional energy goals, such as meeting targets for renewable energy. Reports have shown that the addition of wind power in the Midwest will save consumers billions of dollars. This ruling is a win-win for consumers there.”
“Also the Court has now upheld the basic premise of the Midwest grid operator’s broad cost allocation scheme that lies at the heart of FERC’s landmark rulemaking, Order No. 1000, which reformed the outdated and fragmented system for planning and paying for electric transmission. Order No. 1000 clearly stands on firm legal ground.” – Tom Vinson, AWEA’s Vice President of Federal Regulatory Affairs.
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