The Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to amend its regulations for the timely coordination of Federal Authorizations for proposed interstate electric transmission facilities pursuant to section 216(h) of the Federal Power Act (FPA). The proposed amendments are intended to improve the preapplication procedures and result in more efficient processing of applications. Public comment on this proposed rule will be accepted until April 4, 2016. Comments received by DOE are available here.

The first attachment below is the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that was published in the Federal Register on February 2, 2016.

DOE will hold a public workshop on March 22, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the proposed rule. The public workshop will include a presentation describing the proposed rule and will allow for questions and comments on the rule. The second attachment below is the Notice of Public Meeting that was published in the Federal Register on March 7, 2016.

The workshop will be held via webinar and conference call. Please register at:

1)    Webinar link:  

2)    Audio portion of webinar: If joining the webinar, please click the “I Will Call In” option, and follow the instructions for the correct phone number, access code, and attendee ID. 

3)    Audio-only participation: If you are not joining the webinar portion, please dial in using 650-479-3208, access code 660 032 881.  

Adobe Acrobat files of the workshop presentation, agenda, and workshop transcript are available below (third, fourth, and fifth attachments).

Members of the public interested in making oral statements during the workshop are asked to pre-register by emailing prior to March 22, 2016. In the email, please include your name, organization (if appropriate), citizenship, and contact information, and indicate that you plan to speak during the public workshop for RIN 1901-AB36. If you would like to receive further information on the proposed rule or IIP process, please include your email address in your email.

Written comments are welcome before or after the workshop and should be submitted prior to the end of the public comment period for the proposed rule (April 4, 2016). Instructions for submitting comments are available in the Federal Register Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that was published on February 2, 2016 (first attachment below).