Alabama Bulk Transmission Permitting Process (AL)
The steps of the Alabama bulk transmission permitting process are summarized in the chart below. Roll over each section for a summary of the regulations and permits it covers. Click a section to learn more about the required permits and regulations related to that topic.
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Bulk Transmission Development in Alabama
The Alabama electric grid is part of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) Eastern Interconnection. In Alabama, SERC Reliability Corporation is the regional entity, under NERC, charged with developing reliability standards and monitoring compliance for all owners, operators, and users of the bulk electric system. Alabama has three balancing authorities: Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Southern Company Services, Inc. (Southern Co.) and Power South Energy Coop (Power South). Southern Co. is the primary balancing authority serving central and southern Alabama.
In Alabama, there are investor-owned, independent, and cooperative transmission providers, including:
- Alabama Power Co that provides transmission services in central and southern Alabama;
- Central Alabama Electric Coop that provides transmission services to ten (10) rural counties in central Alabama;
- Alabama Municipal Elec Authority that provides transmission services to 11 municipal electric utilities across Alabama.
- Tennessee Valley Authority that provides transmission services across Alabama.
- Sand Mountain Electric Coop that provides transmission services to rural counties in northeast Alabama.