The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced September 15 that it is seeking comments on whether its pro forma open-access transmission tariff (OATT) needs reform in light of the changes in the electric utility industry. The tariff was established by the commission's landmark 1996 open-access rulemaking, Order No. 888. Stating that FERC has "a legal duty to prevent undue discrimination and preference in transmission service," chair Joseph Kelliher continued that he has "concluded that OATT reform is necessary in order to fulfill that duty." Open access, for instance, is an issue in the proposed lines to bring wind power from the Tehachapis to Southern California Edison territory. "While I am convinced of the need to act, I have reached no conclusions about the extent of reforms necessary," Kelliher stated. The original order was designed to remedy favoritism in access to transmission systems. It applies to all public utilities that own, control, or operate facilities for transmitting electric energy in interstate commerce. While Order No. 888 set the foundation for competition in wholesale electric markets, it did not eliminate the potential for undue discrimination.