FERC Order 1000 has changed the way routing studies for transmission and distribution lines are performed and has significantly shortened the length of time developers have to submit them.
Q: What techniques can transmission providers use to develop routes in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 1000 short proposal window?
A: While there are many differences between routing for a FERC Order 1000 project and a traditional routing study, the most restrictive is the timeline. Proposals for Order 1000 provide shorter time frames for route development as compared to traditional studies. There are three main ways Burns & McDonnell helps clients address the short proposal window:
- The entire team in one place: The time frame of FERC 1000 proposals means that having all the professionals needed under one roof increases efficiency, speed and responsiveness. Our scientists, routing specialists, real estate professionals and engineers are familiar with one another and the process, delivering creative solutions that produce quality proposals within each new window.
- Access to geospatial information system (GIS) data: Analyzing route constraints in a specific area means needing the most up-to-date information at your fingertips. The less time spent researching means more time spent processing other aspects of the proposal. Our GIS repository is updated regularly with new additions and is always available.
- Loads of experience: A team of experienced specialists can reveal other issues that are not readily apparent. Awareness of the history and political climate of an area adds another dimension to the proposal. Our routing specialists are familiar with applicable state approval processes and filing requirements for these proposals outside an applicant’s typical service territory.
Even after five years, Order 1000 can still be challenging to navigate, but the Burns & McDonnell team works with clients to ease the process and stay ahead of this regulation. With a focused team, we’re effectively turning around successful and winning Order 1000 proposals.