"We find that PJM’s proposed revisions to its RTEP process that enable PJM to identify and evaluate potential transmission system needs through sensitivity studies, modeling assumption variations, and scenario planning analyses that will consider public policy, are reasonable. We, however, find persuasive protesters’ arguments claiming that PJM’s proposed revisions lack sufficient detail, and, therefore, accept PJM’s proposed revisions subject to a compliance filing, made within 30 days of this order. In the compliance filing, we direct PJM to submit tariff revisions that broadly clarify how sensitivity studies, modeling assumption variations, and scenario planning analyses will be utilized in its RTEP process."
FERC also rejected the arguments of certain states that inclusion of "public policy objectives" in planning criteria are vague and not a good idea:
Oh, yeah, FERC, that's about as clear as mud. So, which initiatives may have important impacts? How are these initiatives different from initiatives that may not have important impacts? There is no definition! FAIL!
FERC must be looking forward to another judicial beatdown in federal court that's going to delay the new "national grid" transmission build out by years. Works for me! :-) Thanks, FERC!