In 2007, the Department of Energy designated the first two NIETCs
under the Act: one in the southwest running from Arizona to California and one in the Mid-Atlantic between New York and Washington, DC.
While the TrAIL/Loudoun project sponsors continue to work with various state and local authorities to obtain certificates of public convenience and need and other permits for the construction of the projects, Fitch believes the NIETC
designation increases the probability that the projects will eventually reach fruition.
transmission within NIETCs can be issued by federal regulators,
ambitious program for redesignating NIETCs and siting transmission based