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FERC Order No. 792 (Part 3 of 3): Adoption by States

FERC Order No. 792 is a major update to the standardized generator interconnection rules found in the pro forma Small Generator Interconnection Procedures (SGIP) and Small Generator Interconnection Agreement (SGIA). The SGIP and SGIA, created by FERC in Order No. 2006, have largely standardized the generator interconnection process. The updates to the SGIP and SGIA in Order No. 792 are major benefits to distributed generation, especially small solar and energy storage. This article is the last in a three-part series on Order No. 792. Part 1 described how the order helps new solar PV projects. Part 2 described how energy … Continue reading

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FERC Order No. 792 (Part 2 of 3): Benefits for Energy Storage

FERC Order No. 792 is a major update to the standardized generator interconnection rules found in the pro forma Small Generator Interconnection Procedures (SGIP) and Small Generator Interconnection Agreement (SGIA). The SGIP and SGIA, created by FERC in Order No. 2006, have largely standardized the generator interconnection process. The updates to the SGIP and SGIA in Order No. 792 are major benefits to distributed generation, especially small solar and energy storage. This article is the second in a three-part series on Order No. 792. Part 1 described how the order helps new solar PV projects. Part 2 describes how energy … Continue reading

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FERC Order No. 792 (Part 1 of 3): Gains for Solar PV Fast Track Interconnections

FERC Order No. 792 is a major update to the pro forma Small Generator Interconnection Procedures (SGIP) and Small Generator Interconnection Agreement (SGIA). The SGIP and SGIA were created by FERC Order No. 2006 and are components of transmission providers’ OATTs. Distributed generation, especially small solar and energy storage, are the major beneficiaries of Order No. 792. This article is the first in a three-part series on Order No. 792. Part 1 describes how the order helps new solar PV projects. Part 2 will describe how energy storage benefits from the order. Part 3 will discuss potential state adoption of … Continue reading

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U.S. District Court upholds award of RECs from QF to utility in West Virginia

U.S. District Court, West Virginia, recently dismissed a complaint from PURPA qualifying facility (“QF”) in one of the ongoing disputes regarding ownership of renewable energy credits (“RECs”) between QFs and utilities. The West Virginia QF, Morgantown Energy Associates, was registered under Pennsylvania’s Portfolio Act and transacting RECs created by it generation under the Pennsylvania Act. But after West Virginia enacted its own portfolio act, the West Virginia Public Service Commission ruled that under the act and the QF’s preexisting power purchase agreement with a West Virginia utility, the RECs created by the QF passed to the West Virginia utility without … Continue reading

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Petition to Enforce PURPA against Montana PSC Questions Auctions and Capacity

A group of qualifying facility (QF) renewable energy developers (Hydrodynamics Inc., et al) jointly petitioned FERC on June 14, 2013 for enforcement of PURPA against the Montana Public Service Commission (Montana PSC). The QF developers contend that the Montana PSC is denying large QFs the right to enter into long-term PPAs at NorthWestern Energy’s avoided cost. According to the petitioners, QFs over 10 MW in Montana have only two paths to a PURPA contract: win a competitive auction or enter into a “short-term” rate contract. The petitioners argue that the first option is illusory because only one such auction has … Continue reading

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Federal Power Act cross-reference

FULL TEXT of the Federal Power Act with parallel FPA and U.S.C. section numbering The above link contains the full text of the Federal Power Act (FPA) with parallel citations to United States Code (U.S.C.) sections. We have compiled this page to facilitate the study of the FPA and cross-referencing between FPA section numbering and U.S.C. section numbering.

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FERC declares that RECs generated by QFs are not purchased by avoided cost payments

On April 24, 2012, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued the latest in a string of declarations on the ownership of renewable energy credits (RECs).  Morgantown Energy Assoc., 139 FERC ¶ 61,066 (2012).  The dispute arose in West Virginia where the state utility commission (Public Service Commission of West Virginia) attempted to resolve ownership of RECs between PURPA qualifying facilities (QFs) and utilities purchasing output from the QFs. After a West Virginia law imposed a renewable portfolio standard on utilities, the utilities and QFs were left to argue over who got credit for RECs from pre-existing power purchase agreements that were … Continue reading

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FERC reaffirms one-mile rule for determining QF size

On March 15, 2012, FERC issued an order denying a challenge to the PURPA qualifying facility (QF) status of two large wind projects sited adjacently.  The challenger contended that the two projects should be considered one project. The two projects were developed and owned in common.  The projects shared interconnection facilities.  However, no turbines from the first project were within one mile of the other project. Petitioner argued that the projects could not be QFs because their combined capacity of 97.2 MW exceeds the 80-MW size limitation on QFs imposed by PURPA. FERC confirmed the projects’ QF status, rejecting petitoiner’s arguments and adhering to its … Continue reading

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