CPCN Information

The Commission has the authority to issue a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN), which provides authority for a person to construct or modify a new generating station or high-voltage transmission lines. The deregulation of the electricity market and electricity generation in 1999 allows persons to construct new generating stations. The exemption process allows an owner of a generating station to bypass the process utilized to certificate large central generation stations, while assuring the safety and reliability of the electricity distribution system.

For more information, click on the links below:

A Guide to the CPCN Process

CPCN Exemptions: Frequently Asked Questions

CPCN Exemption Application Form

MD PSC Environmental Justice Fact Sheet