Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA)

The Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) remains a cornerstone in the relationship between qualifying facilities (co-generators and renewable energy generators) and utilities in the Western U.S.   As leading experts in the field, our attorneys have helped to shape current PURPA law in the Northwest, and can guide you through the rapidly evolving PURPA landscape.

Representative Work

  • Drafted and negotiated numerous power purchase agreements and generator interconnection agreements between utilities and qualifying facilities with capacities ranging from over 100 MW to less than 100 kW.
  • Successfully defended utility before Oregon Public Utility Commission against complaint regarding eligibility for expired published rates.  (International Paper Co. v. PacifiCorp)
  • Achieved favorable rule before Idaho Public Utilities Commission to address whether aggregated wind and solar qualifying facilities are eligible for published rates.  (Investigation in Disaggregation Phase I and Phase II)
  • Represented PacifiCorp in rulemaking before the Washington Utility and Transportation Commission on interconnection of generators of 10 MW or less.  (WAC Chapter 480-108)
  • Represented PacifiCorp in rulemaking before the Oregon Public Utility Commission regarding interconnection of generators of 10 MW or less.  (OAR Chapter 860 Division 082)
  • Represented PacifiCorp in rulemaking before the Oregon Public Utility Commission regarding interconnection of large generators.  (UM 1401)
  • Represented PacifiCorp in revision of tariff terms applicable to purchases from small qualifying facilities in Oregon.  (Investigation in Avoided Cost Purchases)

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