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Kentucky Bulk Transmission Siting & Regulation(8-KY)

In Kentucky, a bulk transmission public utility may need a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Kentucky Public Service Commission to provide utility service to or for the public or to construct a plant, equipment, property or facility. KY. Rev. Stat. Ann. §278.020(1) (2016). A developer may also need a Certificate to Construct a Merchant Transmission Line from the Kentucky State Board on Electric Generation and Transmission Siting to construct a non-regulated electric transmission line also known as a merchant transmission line. KY. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 278.714. A non-regulated electric transmission line is an electric transmission line of 69 kV or more and related appurtenances for which no Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity is required, which is not operated as an activity regulated by the Kentucky Public Service Commission. KY. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 278.700, 704.

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Kentucky Federal

Transmission Siting: Any person may need a Certificate to Construct a Merchant Transmission Line to construct a non-regulated electric transmission line.
Transmission Siting Agency: Kentucky State Board on Electric Generation and Transmission Siting, Kentucky Public Service Commission
Transmission Siting Threshold: A non-regulated electric transmission line is an electric transmission line of 69 kV or more and related appurtenances for which no Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity is required, which is not operated as an activity regulated by the Kentucky Public Service Commission.
Transmission Siting Act: KY. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 278.714.
Preemptive Authority: Kentucky Public Service Commission has the authority to regulate public utilities in the state.
Regulated Entity Definition: A public utility is defined, in part, as any “person who owns, controls, operates, or manages a facility used or to be used for in the connection with the generation, production, transmission or distribution of electricity to or for the public, for compensation, for lights, heat, power…” KY. Rev. Stat. Ann. §278.010(3) (2011).
Public Utility Certificate Threshold: Public utilities may need a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Kentucky Public Service Commission construct a transmission line greater than 138 kV or longer than 5,280 feet. 807 KY. Admin. Regs. 5:120 (2005), KY. Rev. Stat. Ann. §278.020(2) (2016).
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