FERC 1000: Outlook Since its issue, Order 1000 has been challenged with numerous lawsuits and with each, the Courts have upheld the tenants of Order 1000. As such, it is unlikely that FERC will move to make any substantive changes to the core workings of the Order. Additionally, each of the more organized RTO markets, PJM, MISO, SPP, and CAISO for example, continue to make some headway into a broader, competitive transmission framework. Each has developed and improved their own unique processes of study, qualification, and award of select transmission projects. This has led to a steady offering of opportunities, albeit very few in number. With the growth of renewable generation, the need for new and cross-regional transmission lines will substantially increase. The next big hurdle for FERC Order 1000 is how these projects will be realized given the differences in the regions. Although the electric power industry hasn’t seen a true ‘new era’ in competitive transmission projects, there continue to be interest in a more open market. Independent transmission developers are proposing a number of exciting, large projects. There are new transmission-only firms that are aggregating small systems and proposing much needed upgrades. And there are new joint ventures between traditional incumbents and new players which bring an increased level of cooperation to a diverse market. Contact us to learn more about what we can do for you.