4906-15-02 Review of need for proposed project.

(A) The applicant shall provide a statement explaining the need for the proposed facility, including a listing of the factors upon which it relied to reach that conclusion and references to the most recent long-term forecast report (if applicable). The statement shall also include but not be limited to, the following:

(1) A statement of the purpose of the proposed facility.

(2) Specific projections of system conditions, local requirements or any other pertinent factors that impacted the applicant's opinion on the need for the proposed facility.

(3) Relevant load flow studies and contingency analyses, if appropriate, identifying the need for system improvement.

(4) For electric power transmission facilities, load flow data shall be presented in the form of transcription diagrams depicting system performance with and without the proposed facility.

(5) For gas or natural gas transmission projects, one copy in electronic format of the relevant base case system data on diskette, in a format acceptable to the board staff, with a description of the analysis program and the data format.

(B) Expansion plans.

(1) For the electric power transmission lines and associated facilities, the applicant shall provide a brief statement of how the proposed facility and site/route alternatives fit into the applicant's most recent long-term electric forecast report and the regional plans for expansion, including, but not limited to, the following:

(a) Reference to any description of the proposed facility and site/route alternatives in the most recent long-term electric forecast report of the applicant.

(b) If no description was contained in the most recent long-term electric forecast report, an explanation as to why none was filed in the most recent long-term electric forecast report.

(c) Reference to regional expansion plans, including East Central Area Reliability Coordination Agreement bulk power plans, when applicable (if the transmission project will not affect regional plans, the applicant shall so state).

(2) For gas transmission lines and associated facilities, the applicant shall provide a brief statement of how the proposed facility and site/route alternatives fit into the applicant's most recent long-term gas forecast report, including the following:

(a) Reference to any description of the proposed facility and site/route alternatives in the most recent long-term gas forecast report of the applicant.

(b) If no description was contained in the most recent long-term gas forecast report, an explanation as to why none was filed in the most recent long-term gas forecast report.

(C) For electric power transmission facilities, the applicant shall provide an analysis of the impact of the proposed facility on the electric power system economy and reliability. The impact of the proposed facility on all interconnected utility systems shall be evaluated, and all conclusions shall be supported by relevant load flow studies.

(D) For electric power transmission lines, the applicant shall provide an analysis and evaluation of the options considered which would eliminate the need for construction of an electric power transmission line, including electric power generation options and options involving changes to existing and planned electric power transmission substations.

(E) The applicant shall describe why the proposed facility was selected to meet the projected need.

(F) Facility schedule.

(1) Schedule. The applicant shall provide a proposed schedule in bar chart format covering all applicable major activities and milestones, including:

(a) Preparation of the application.

(b) Submittal of the application for certificate.

(c) Issuance of the certificate.

(d) Acquisition of rights-of-way and land rights for the certified facility.

(e) Preparation of the final design.

(f) Construction of the facility.

(g) Placement of the facility in service.

(2) Delays. The applicant shall describe the impact of critical delays on the eventual in-service date.

Effective: 01/25/2009
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/10/2008 and 11/30/2013
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 4906.03
Rule Amplifies: 4906.03 , 4906.06
Prior Effective Dates: 12/27/76, 11/6/78, 7/7/80, 7/7/88, 8/28/98, 12/15/03