The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced its regional transmission rule today, setting standards for the planning and development of new transmission lines that improve reliability, saves costs, and will help bring new clean energy resources online.

FERC also issued rules governing how it will implement authority to approve certain power lines in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) when states refuse or fail to act on a transmission project.

The following is a statement from Sandra Purohit, federal advocacy director at E2:

“Today FERC set standards vital to moving grid modernization forward. That’s a win for the climate and the economy. The rule will help states get moving beyond gridlock on the grid. That will mean more affordable clean energy and better reliability.”

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