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Indiana Bulk Transmission Siting & Regulation(8-IN)

A bulk transmission developer must obtain siting permission from the applicable local government to construct high voltage transmission lines. In addition, if the developer is considered a “New Electric Transmission Owner” in the state, the developer must also obtain authority to operate as a public utility from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. Indiana Code § 8-1-38.

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.

Permitting at a Glance

Indiana Federal

Transmission Siting: Indiana does not have a state comprehensive siting process for transmission project development.
Preemptive Authority: The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and local governments have authority over public utilities siting transmission lines. Indiana Code § 8-1-38.
Regulated Entity Definition: A "new electric transmission owner" is a corporation, or other organization that on the date of its incorporation or organization did not own operate or maintain an electric transmission facility located in whole or in part in Indiana, but is presently organized to construct, own, operate and maintain" a high voltage transmission line of 100 kV or more and related transmission facilities. Indiana Code § 8-1-38-4
Public Utility Certificate Threshold: New electric transmission owners may need authority to operate as a public utility from the Indiana Regulatory Commission and approval from the appropriate local authorities to construct transmission lines of 100kV or more. Indiana Code § 8-1-38.
Processing Timeframe: There is no statutorily mandated timeframe for approval.