Attorney Position

Sanger Law, PC, a boutique energy law firm located in Portland, Oregon, represents clients in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah on specialized issues related to energy, transactions, utilities, administrative litigation, and renewable energy development.  [Read more…]

FERC Finds Utah QF Established LEO Prior to Utility’s PURPA Waiver Filing

On April 15, 2021, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order finding that a qualifying facility (QF) called Kanab Solar had established a legally enforceable obligation (LEO) to sell power to Garkane Energy Cooperative (Garkane) prior to the date that Garkane and its generation and transmission cooperative, Deseret Power, had petitioned FERC for waivers to some of their obligations under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA). FERC granted the waivers. However, FERC also determined that Kanab Solar established a LEO before the petitions were filed. This means that the waivers do not affect Kanab Solar’s pre-existing right to choose to sell to Garkane rather than to Deseret Power.  [Read more…]

Idaho Commission Determines that QFs Cannot Establish a LEO Unless the Utility Delays Contract Execution

In April 2021, the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (the Commission) affirmed its December 2020 order that qualifying facilities (QF) under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) can only establish a Legally Enforceable Obligation (LEO) by filing a meritorious complaint against the purchasing utility before the utility’s rates change. This order means that QFs interested in selling to Idaho utilities can only lock in contract pricing by obtaining a fully executed contract before rates change or by demonstrating that a utility delayed contract execution.  [Read more…]

Oregon Court of Appeals Dismisses Utility Appeal regarding PURPA Fixed Price Payments

In December 2020, the Oregon Court of Appeals dismissed Portland General Electric Company’s (PGE’s) appeal of the Oregon Public Utility Commission’s (Oregon Commission’s) decision in Docket No. UM 1805 regarding contract term requirements under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA). The Court’s decision capped a series of decisions affirming a long-standing Oregon Commission policy where qualifying facilities (QFs) eligible for standard contracts receive 15 years of fixed price payments.    [Read more…]

PacifiCorp Utah and Oregon GRC Orders

In late December 2020, the Utah Public Service Commission (Utah Commission) and the Oregon Public Utility Commission (Oregon Commission) issued separate orders on PacifiCorp’s Utah and Oregon general rate cases. On December 30, the Utah Commission granted an increase to PacifiCorp, dba Rocky Mountain Power’s (PacifiCorp) annual revenue requirement of $31.41 million. In its initial Utah filing, PacifiCorp sought to increase its retail rates by $95.78 million, or 4.8%. On December 18, 2020, the Oregon Commission ordered a decrease to PacifiCorp’s revenue requirement of approximately $20.9 million, representing a 1.6% decrease from the its previous rates. PacifiCorp’s initial Oregon filing sought an increase of $78 million, or approximately 6%.  [Read more…]