Puget Sound Energy PURPA Rates Modified

On February 9, 2017, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (Washington Commission) approved new avoided cost rates for Puget Sound Energy (PSE) after PSE abandoned its proposal to stop paying qualifying facilities (QFs) for capacity in certain years, and strongly encouraging PSE to enter into power purchase agreements (PPAs) with projects with delayed negotiations.   [Read more…]

FERC Protects QFs in the Interconnection Process

On December 15, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a declaratory order finding that the Montana Public Service Commission’s (Montana Commission) legally enforceable obligation standard is inconsistent with the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) and FERC’s PURPA regulations. FERC rejected the Montana Commission’s requirement that that a qualifying facility (QF) complete a facilities study or an interconnection agreement as a predicate for a legally enforceable obligation is contrary to PURPA.   [Read more…]

Idaho PUC Re-affirms Two Year Contract Terms

On December 13, 2016, the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (Idaho Commission) issued an order approving a request by Idaho Power Company (Idaho Power) to affirm two-year contract terms and low capacity payments for larger qualifying facilities (QFs). The order applies to wind and solar QFs above 100 kilowatts and all other QFs above 10 megawatts (MW).   [Read more…]

Utah Commission Requires PacifiCorp to Enter into QF Contract

On July 29, 2016, the Utah Public Service Commission (the Utah Commission) required PacifiCorp (dba Rocky Mountain Power) to enter into a twenty-year power purchase agreement at higher avoided cost rates than were existence when PacifiCorp ultimately decided to sign the contract.   [Read more…]

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…]