Competitive Transmission Administration 

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) facilitates competition in the electric transmission industry.  We utilize a competitive procurement process (developer selection) to select qualified entities to construct, own, operate, maintain, repair, and restore eligible new transmission facilities located within all or parts of the 15 U.S. states in the MISO footprint.

To promote competition for transmission expansion projects, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), through FERC Order 1000, required jurisdictional entities, such as MISO, to eliminate any provisions that granted a federal right of first refusal (ROFR) to construct new transmission facilities with regionally allocated costs.  So, while MISO’s Transmission Expansion Planning (MTEP) process continues to determine the necessary transmission facilities to maintain system reliability and provide economic electricity; the construction, ownership, operation, and maintenance of eligible transmission facilities is open to competition.

Upon the establishment of FERC Order 1000, MISO stakeholders collaborated with MISO through Transmission Developer Qualification and Selection workshops to cultivate a transparent and competitive developer selection process.

Get Qualified

To receive certification as a Qualified Transmission Developer you must be a MISO member (either a Transmission Owning Member or a Non-Owning Member).  Visit the Members page for Information regarding MISO's membership application process.  Entities also need to complete and submit a transmission developer qualification application during an annual prequalification cycle.  Entities certified by MISO as Qualified Transmission Developers must annually recertify their ability to meet the requirements applicable for Qualified Transmission Developers, pursuant to Attachment FF Section VIII of the MISO Tariff and Business Practices Manual 027.  Interested parties must submit their application and required paperwork prior to the annual prequalification deadline each year. 

For entities not currently qualified as a MISO Qualified Transmission Developer, MISO has posted an example Application. This application will prepare interested parties on the Qualification requirements asked for during a prequalification cycle.  In January of each year, MISO will post an invitation and transmission developer qualification application which will start a new pre-qualification cycle.

Transmission Developer Application Submission Deadline: Closed

2018 Prequalification Invitation will be posted on January 5, 2018

MISO Qualification Application 2018 Sample
List of Qualified Transmission Developers

Competitive Transmission Projects

We present all transmission expansion projects, including those that qualify as competitive transmission projects to the MISO Board of Directors in the MISO Transmission Expansion Plan (MTEP). The Board of Directors reviews and approves the annual MTEP during its meeting in December.

2018 RFP Template Package

Duff-Coleman EHV 345kV

Selection Report

Duff-Coleman EHV 345kV Selection Report
Incurred Costs – Duff-Coleman EHV 345kV Competitive Developer Selection Process
Post-Selection Report Communication Protocols (Posted December 20, 2016)
Post-Selection Report Questions and Responses (Posted June 16, 2017)

Request for Proposal

MISO Qualified Transmission Developers may submit a proposal to construct, own, operate, and/or maintain Duff-Coleman EHV 345kV during the request for proposal (RFP) cycle which runs from Jan. 8, 2016 through July 6, 2016 5PM EPT.

Download the Duff-Coleman EHV 345kV RFP Package (.zip)
 (Last Updated October 19, 2016)


  • Request for Proposal
  • Proposal Template Instructions
  • Proposal Template
  • Proposal Template Workbook

Approved by the Board of Directors on Dec. 10, 2015 in MTEP15, the Duff-Coleman project was the first transmission expansion project under FERC Order 1000.

RFP Communication Protocols
Duff-Coleman RFP Process Informational Meeting Materials
Duff-Coleman EHV 345 kV - project, process and timeline overview
Duff-Coleman EHV 345 kV - List of Proposals  
Consent to Assignment

In accordance with the RFP, we publish all questions and their corresponding responses to the MISO website.

RFP Questions and Responses (PDF) - Updated 12/13/2016
RFP Questions and Responses (CSV) - Updated 12/13/2016

RFP and Project Q/A Conference Call Schedule:

Documents under Review

We refine our processes and procedures in collaboration with MISO stakeholders. We have listed all draft Competitive Transmission Developer document below for your convenience.

Draft - Joint Functional Control Agreement - Updated 6/24/2016

Get Involved

Access workshop and meeting materials from the links below:

Competitive Transmission Task Team (coming soon)
Planning Participation Guidance for MTEP16 
TDQS Workshops
Planning Advisory Committee
System Planning Committee of the Board of Directors