The Department of Energy (DOE) seeks comments on issues
relating to the identification, designation and possible mitigation of
National Interest Electric Transmission Bottlenecks (NIETB). This inquiry is DOE’s initial step in seeking to identify and designate NIETBs. By publicly identifying and designating NIETBs, DOE will help mitigate transmission bottlenecks that are a significant barrier
to the efficient operation of regional electricity markets, threaten the safe and reliable operation of the electric system, and/or impair national security. DOE seeks comments on the questions posed below and welcomes other pertinent comments or proposals.