The OMA Energy Group (OMAEG) has worked hard to contain transmission charges — one of three major components on power bills, along with generation and distribution. The OMAEG contends that applications for new transmission charges are not being adequately scrutinized by regulators, resulting in customer cost increases without corresponding benefits. Multiple consumer groups have supported the OMAEG’s efforts on this issue.
The OMAEG proposes that the Ohio Power Siting Board provide greater oversight of charges for supplemental transmission projects. Despite these concerns, the Board recently issued a draft report warning against increased oversight that could significantly reduce costs while maintaining reliability. Not surprisingly, transmission owners generally agree with that position, according to a report by Hannah News Service. 10/7/2021