The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted a group of Southern and Midwestern utilities a 120-day extension to submit their regional transmission planning and coordination proposals under Order No. 1000. This proposal, if approved, would enable the utilities to coordinate their transmission planning processes as a single large planning region — one of the largest planning regions in the U.S.

The investor-owned, public power and cooperative utilities cover parts of 12 states. The utilities would use the 120-day extension to continue creating the plan, and to reach out to state regulators and stakeholders impacted by the project.

The utilities considering the proposal include Kentucky Utilities Co.; Louisville Gas and Electric Co.; Ohio Valley Electric Corp.; Indiana-Kentucky Electric Corp.; and Southern Company Services Inc., acting for Alabama Power Co., Georgia Power Co., Gulf Power Co. and Mississippi Power Co. Utilities outside FERC's jurisdiction considering participation include Associated Electric Cooperative Inc., Dalton Utilities, Georgia Transmission Corp., Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, PowerSouth Energy Cooperative, the South Mississippi Electric Power Association and Tennessee Valley Authority.

Under the extension, the utilities must file their regional transmission planning and coordination proposals under Order No. 1000 by Feb. 8, 2013, instead of Oct. 11, 2012. The group will file status reports on Nov. 2, 2012, and Jan. 8, 2013.

For more information, visit www.ferc.gov.