Opportunity Knocks for Air Regulators: FERC Order 1000
Air quality officials have significant new opportunities to ensure that air pollution issues are considered in the course of electricity system planning as a result of FERC Order 1000, Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation by Transmission Owning and Operating Public Utilities. This article outlines the importance of FERC Order 1000 to state, local, and tribal air regulators and suggests ways that they can engage productively to take advantage of the new opportunities. Although FERC Order 1000’s title gives the impression of being narrowly targeted and constrained, its effects are wide-ranging and far-reaching. This article appears in the September 2013 issue of EM Magazine, a publication of the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA). To obtain copies and reprints, please contact A&WMA directly at 1-412-232-3444.