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New York-Area Utilities Lose Challenge Over Transmission Costs

March 4, 2022, 10:47 PM

A long-running New York-area transmission dispute ended Friday with the D.C. Circuit siding with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and rejecting a challenge by two New York-based utilities.

FERC’s reasoning behind a 2018 settlement that aimed to fairly allocate the costs of new high-voltage transmission was just and reasonable, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit wrote.

The commission, responding to a series of judicial rulings, had crafted a cost formula that properly accounted for both regional and local benefits of transmission development, the court found.

“We uphold all these findings, which is more than ...