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Mid-Atlantic National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor
The 2005 Energy Policy Act authorizes the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to establish National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors (NIETCs), areas in which the federal government can fast-track requests for use of eminent domain and construction of high-voltage, interstate transmission lines. An NIETC is designated by the DOE in response to a request from an entity such as a power company or a regional transmission operator. On October 2, 2007, the DOE issued an order for the designation of the Mid-Atlantic NIETC. The Mid-Atlantic NIETC covers the entire states of New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia and Maryland; 52 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, as well as much of New York and Virginia. For more information, see www.conserveland.org.