MCR has become more than just a consultant; they’ve become a partner in our operation.
—General Manager, Municipal Utility

Transmission Strategy

MCR specializes in the MISO and SPP transmission marketplace. Our clients—G&T cooperatives, municipals, joint action agencies and public power districts—have a goal of optimizing the value of their current and future investments in electric transmission. We help them realize the full revenue potential from their transmission assets.

Through our consulting assignments, we have created millions of dollars in value for our clients and broken new regulatory ground for our client base with landmark decisions in FERC rulings.

Key Staff

Jim Pardikes, Vice President

Jim Pardikes is a Vice President at MCR and leads the Transmission Strategy Practice. He has 30 years of experience consulting to the utility industry, including public power and G&Ts in MISO and SPP. His expertise includes electric transmission cost recovery, public power cost of capital and capital project economic evaluation. Jim has extensive experience providing expert transmission testimony at FERC for joint action agencies, municipals and G&Ts, facilitating client working teams and presenting to executive management and Boards of Directors. Jim has written on many transmission-related topics, such as factors in RTO membership, the value of transmission investments and making the case for transmission incentives.


Ron Kennedy, Director

Ron Kennedy is a Director with MCR. He has 15 years of experience consulting to the utility industry, including public power, G&Ts and IOUs. His expertise includes development and review of annual transmission revenue requirement (ATRR) cost data and RTO protocol compliance, FERC filings for Section 205 rate changes and transmission rate incentives, and evaluation of major capital projects. Ron has worked with dozens of public power and G&T clients on economic evaluations of RTO membership, economic and risk analysis of transmission projects and development of formula rates. Ron has presented to numerous executive teams and Boards of Directors.


What we Do Learn morearrow

  • Formula Rate and Cost Analysis
    • Review of existing formula rates
    • Development of new formula rates & revenue impact analysis
    • Staff education/workshops
    • Challenge to incumbant IOU formula rate costs
  • FERC Filings
    • Section 205 filing testimony and support
    • Transmission incentive rate filings at FERC
    • Cost of capital expert testimony
    • Intervention and mediation support
  • Strategic Analysis
    • Economic evaluation of new transmission projects
    • RTO membership economic evaluation
    • Development of business plan and evaluation of transmission investment strategies
    • Analysis and development of negotiating strategies
    • Purchase and sale of existing transmission assets

Client Stories

Providing analysis and negotiation support for a municipal utility

A municipal utility asked MCR to help determine whether it should be entitled to build a substation based on a desire to be neutrally invested within its pricing zone and to assist with negotiations with the incumbent utility.

Providing cost of capital expert testimony for a joint action agency

A joint action agency requested MCR to provide an analysis to determine a recommended ROE and support the recommended ROE with related expert testimony in anticipation of making a Section 205 rate filing at FERC.

Developing a transmission business plan for a G&T Client

A G&T asked MCR to lead an effort to develop a transmission business plan that articulated a clear vision and identified transmission investment opportunities that would enhance the reliability of cooperative members while also providing revenue that could partially hedge rising transmission rates.

Providing economic analysis of a proposed new transmission investment for a G&T cooperative

A generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative was investment in a highly visible regional transmission project that had complicated cost allocation methods. The client asked MCR to lead the client’s working team in conducting an analysis of the economics of the project and whether there was sufficient value for its members.

Developing a transmission formula rate template for a joint action agency

MCR conducted a quantitative analysis before a joint action agency decided to invest in two major new transmission projects.

Developing transmission rate incentive filings at FERC for a joint action agency

A joint action agency decided to invest in a major new transmission project with other surrounding utilities. MCR assisted with filings to receive transmission rate incentives for the project.

Quantifying economic benefits of joining an RTO as a transmission owner for a municipal utility

A municipal utility client was contemplating membership as a transmission owner in a Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) and asked MCR to provide an independent cost-benefit analysis.

Conducting a transmission formula rate review and education of client staff for a joint action agency

A long time transmission owner in an RTO wanted to ensure that its transmission costs were properly recorded and documented and that its transmission revenue was being optimized when faced with changing RTO formula rate protocols.

Key Staff

Jim Pardikes, Vice President

Jim Pardikes is a Vice President at MCR and leads the Transmission Strategy Practice. He has 30 years of experience consulting to the utility industry, including public power and G&Ts in MISO and SPP. His expertise includes electric transmission cost recovery, public power cost of capital and capital project economic evaluation. Jim has extensive experience providing expert transmission testimony at FERC for joint action agencies, municipals and G&Ts, facilitating client working teams and presenting to executive management and Boards of Directors. Jim has written on many transmission-related topics, such as factors in RTO membership, the value of transmission investments and making the case for transmission incentives.


Ron Kennedy, Director

Ron Kennedy is a Director with MCR. He has 15 years of experience consulting to the utility industry, including public power, G&Ts and IOUs. His expertise includes development and review of annual transmission revenue requirement (ATRR) cost data and RTO protocol compliance, FERC filings for Section 205 rate changes and transmission rate incentives, and evaluation of major capital projects. Ron has worked with dozens of public power and G&T clients on economic evaluations of RTO membership, economic and risk analysis of transmission projects and development of formula rates. Ron has presented to numerous executive teams and Boards of Directors.