FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2014
Contact: Lawrence Pacheco
Washington, D.C. — The Large Public Power Council (LPPC) released the following statement from Chairman Bill Gaines regarding a decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit to uphold Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Transmission Order 1000.
“LPPC is disappointed with the Court’s decision to uphold FERC Order 1000 because it will force public power customers to foot the bill for transmission projects they do not use. Today’s court decision will likely raise power prices for millions of Americans.
“We are still reviewing the decision to understand its full impact, but LPPC members will continue to work with FERC on a regional basis to ensure that approved facilities are no more costly than necessary. LPPC members have a long history of participating in planning activities and we have every interest in working with FERC to ensure systems continue to be planned adequately.
“Despite the set-back created by today’s decision, LPPC will continue to seek out ways to maintain efficient, reliable systems that deliver affordable power for our customers.”
LPPC represents 26 of the largest locally owned and operated not-for-profit electric systems in the United States. Our member utilities are located in 12 states and Puerto Rico and own and operate more than 86,000 megawatts of generation capacity and more than 35,000 circuit miles of high-voltage transmission lines. LPPC member utilities supply electricity to some of the largest cities in the country including Los Angeles, Seattle, Omaha, Phoenix, Sacramento, Jacksonville, San Antonio, Orlando and Austin.