Wyoming Commission Reduces PURPA Contract Terms and Changes PacifiCorp’s Avoided Cost Pricing Method

On June 23, 2020, the Wyoming Public Service Commission (Wyoming Commission) partially granted a request from PacifiCorp, dba Rocky Mount Power, for authority to modify its Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) contracts with qualifying facilities (QFs). Within the same proceeding, the Wyoming Commission approved PacifiCorp’s other proposed changes to its avoided cost pricing methodology. 

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Oregon PUC and PGE Allow Projects to Participate in Community Solar Program

On May 19, 2020, the Oregon Public Utility Commission (Oregon Commission) approved, in principle, a proposed tariff for allocating community solar program (CSP) costs across Portland General Electric Company’s (PGE’s) customer classes. In a public settlement agreement, with the Oregon Commission’s approval of its tariff, PGE agreed to allow solar projects that were parties to the settlement agreement to terminate each project’s pre-existing power purchase agreement (PPA) if so requested within 90 days of the Commission order and to sell their power in the CSP.  [Read more…]

Washington UTC Approves Multiparty Settlement in Avista Rate Case

On March 25, 2020, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (“UTC”) approved a multiparty settlement in Avista’s rate case. The decision will ultimately result in a rate increase, yet the Commission approved a number of refunds that will keep electric rates down this year, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  [Read more…]

Oregon PUC Supports Competitive Markets in Revamping PGE’s New Load Direct Access Program

On January 7, 2020, the Oregon Public Utility Commission (Oregon Commission) ordered the Portland General Electric Company (PGE) to submit new tariffs that implement its Large New Load Direct Access (NLDA) program (Order No. 20-002). The new tariffs will go into effect on February 6, 2020.  [Read more…]

Ninth Circuit Reaffirms PURPA’s Must-Purchase and Fixed Contract Price Requirements

On July 29, 2019, the Ninth Circuit released an opinion in Winding Creek Solar, LLC v. California Public Utility Commission (California Commission or CPUC), finding that the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (“PURPA”) preempted the CPUC’s “Renewable Market Adjusting Tariff” (Re-Mat) and “Standard Offer Contract” programs. Under PURPA, utilities are required to purchase any energy and capacity made available from a qualifying facility (QF) at the utility’s avoided cost, and the QF has the option to have the price it is paid for that energy and capacity determined either at the time of contracting or at the time of delivery. [Read more…]