The two pipeline projects will be evaluated by agencies at the local, state and federal level.
Florida Public Service Commission (PSC)
On July 26, 2013, FPL filed a petition to request that the PSC determine that it is prudent for the company to enter into contracts with the pipeline projects that were selected through the RFP process. In other words, the PSC has to approve FPL’s selection of the winning projects before they can go forward. We expect the PSC will making its prudence determination before the end of 2013. The PSC also has oversight over FPL’s rates and the fuel clause, which will be the vehicle by which customers will pay for the use of the new pipelines.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
Both Sabal Trail and Florida Southeast Connection will be interstate natural gas pipelines subject to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval and oversight. FERC will authorize the construction of the projects as well as conduct the necessary environmental reviews, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act.
A number of other federal, state and local agencies will be involved as well, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the appropriate agencies in Florida, Georgia and Alabama.
The FERC process and the permitting processes of other federal, state and local agencies will allow interested stakeholders multiple opportunities to comment on the two proposed pipeline projects. Please visit Sabal Trail and Florida Southeast Connection for more information on the permitting process.