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Section 1222 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C 16421)

Pursuant to Section 1222 of EPAct (42 U.S.C. 16421), the Secretary of Energy, acting through the Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern) or the Western Area Power Administration (Western), has the authority to design, develop, construct, operate, own, or participate with other entities in designing, developing, constructing, operating, maintaining, or owning two types of projects: (1) Electric power transmission facilities and related facilities needed to upgrade existing transmission facilities owned  by Southwestern or Western (42 U.S.C 16421(a)), or (2) New electric power transmission facilities and related facilities located within any State in which Southwestern or Western operates (42 U.S.C. 16421(b)).  In carrying out either type of Project, the Secretary may accept and use funds contributed by another entity for the purpose of executing the Project (42 U.S.C 16421 (c)). 

On June 10, 2010, the Department of Energy published in the Federal Register a Request for Proposals for New or Upgraded Transmission Line Projects Under Section 1222 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

Proposals Delegated for Review in the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
On December 10, 2012, Deputy Secretary Poneman assigned the responsibility for preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Plains & Eastern Clean Line proposal to the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.