Archives for June 2016

Wyoming Commission Declines to Modify PURPA Contracts

On June 23, 2016, the Wyoming Public Service Commission (Wyoming Commission) denied a request from PacifiCorp, dba Rocky Mountain Power, for authority to modify its Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) contracts with qualifying facilities (QF). PacifiCorp attempted to reduce the maximum contract term of prospective power purchase agreements (PPA) from 20 to three years and to modify its avoided cost calculation method to include all active QF projects in its pricing queue. The Wyoming Commission determined that PacifiCorp failed to meet its burden to show its proposed modifications were reasonable, would solve the alleged problems, and were in the public interest of Wyoming customers.   [Read more…]

Utah Affirms PacifiCorp Maliciously Misappropriated Developer’s Trade Secrets

In 2012, a Utah jury found that after detailed negotiations and a series of counteroffers PacifiCorp “willfully and maliciously misappropriated a trade secret from USA Power” in order to build a power plant project in Mona, Utah without the project’s original developer. The jury awarded more than $133 million in damages. On May 16, 2016, the Utah Supreme Court affirmed the jury’s conclusions.   [Read more…]