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Louisiana Bulk Transmission Siting & Regulation(8-LA)

In Louisiana, a developer may need to obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Louisiana Public Service Commission to construct or operate any transmission facility.

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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

Louisiana Federal

Transmission Siting: Louisiana does not have a state comprehensive siting process for transmission project development.
Preemptive Authority: The Louisiana Public Service Commission has primary authority over electric utilities siting transmission lines.
Regulated Entity Definition: A transmission facility is defined as “a system of structures, wires, insulators and associated hardware…that carry electric energy over distances located in whole or in part in the State of Louisiana…that would be constructed and operate at or above a nominal 100 kV, exceeds one mile in length, and the estimated cost exceeds $20 million…” Louisiana Public Service Commission General Order (2013), No. R-26018, at 9.
Public Utility Certificate Threshold: Any “person or entity”, subject to the jurisdiction or regulatory authority of the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC), may need a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity Certificate from the LPSC to construct any “transmission facility” located within the state. Louisiana Public Service Commission General Order (2013), No. R-26018, at 9.
Processing Timeframe: There is no statutorily mandated timeframe for approval.