Archives for September 2014

WUTC Requires PSE to Credit Proceeds from Jefferson PUD Sale to Customers

On September 11, 2014, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (Washington Commission) ordered Puget Sound Energy (PSE) to credit ratepayers about $53 million.  This credit was related to the proceeds of the sale of PSE’s assets to the Public Utility District No. 1 of Jefferson County (Jefferson PUD).  [Read more…]

Fifth Circuit Limits PURPA Wind Sales

On September 8, 2014, the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion that may make it more difficult for certain qualifying facilities (QFs) to sell power to electric utilities.  The two-judge majority concluded that wind generation facilities owned by Exelon could not sell power pursuant to a “legally enforceable obligation” to Southwestern Public Service Corp.  A legally enforceable obligation essentially means that the utility has a legal obligation to purchase power from the QF.  The third judge issued a strongly worded dissent disagreeing with the majority’s holding and reasoning.  [Read more…]