Kentucky Bulk Transmission Permitting Process (KY)
The steps of the Kentucky 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 Kentucky
The Kentucky electric grid is part of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) Eastern Interconnection. In Kentucky, ReliabilityFirst and SERC Reliability Corporation are the regional entities, under NERC, charged with developing reliability standards and monitoring compliance for all owners, operators, and users of the bulk electric system. Kentucky has four balancing authorities: Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), PJM Interconnection (PJM), Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and Louisville Gas & Electric Kentucky Utilities (LGEE). PJM is the primary balancing authority, while MISO monitors transmission systems in northwest Kentucky, TVA monitors transmission systems in southwest Kentucky and LGEE monitors transmission systems throughout Kentucky. PJM, MISO, TVA and LGEE work together to centrally dispatch generation and coordinate the movement of wholesale electricity in Kentucky.
In Kentucky, there are investor-owned, independent, and cooperative transmission providers, including:
- Duke Energy that provides transmission services in northern Kentucky;
- American Electric Power that provides transmission services in eastern Kentucky;
- Kentucky Utilities that provides transmission services in southeast, central and western Kentucky; and
- Louisville Gas and Electric that provides transmission services in Northern Kentucky.