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Pennsylvania Bulk Transmission Siting & Regulation(8-PA)

In Pennsylvania, a transmission developer must obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission in order to operate as a public utility. 66 PA. Const. Stat. §1102 (1978).

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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

Pennsylvania Federal

Transmission Siting: Public utilities may need an Authority to Locate and Construct.
Transmission Siting Agency: Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
Transmission Siting Threshold: To construct a high-voltage transmission lines or 100 kV or more. 52 PA. Code. §57.71(1978).
Preemptive Authority: The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has preemptive authority over the siting and regulation of transmission lines.
Regulated Entity Definition: A public utility is defined, in part, as any “person or corporation… owning or operating... equipment or facilities for producing, generating, transmitting, distributing or furnishing natural or artificial gas, electricity, or steam for the production of light, heat, or power to the public.” 66 PA. Const. Stat §102 (1978).
Public Utility Certificate Threshold: Any person or company may need a Certificate of Public Need from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission before that company or person may operate as a public utility in Pennsylvania.
Processing Timeframe: There is no statutorily defined time frame.