Federal judges rejected a request Friday from nonprofit electric utilities to reconsider the ruling upholding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 1000, a landmark rule aimed at spurring upgrades to the electric grid.
The Large Public Power Council had asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to reconsider its August ruling that upheld Order 1000 in its entirety. Order 1000 is among FERC’s largest and most complex rulemakings. It calls for regional coordination in grid planning and for abolishing an incumbent utility’s “right of first refusal” to build a new project, among other reforms. Virtually every aspect of the order was challenged at the D.C. Circuit. That the three-judge panel upheld the rule was a major victory for FERC