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FERC Reaffirms High Bar for Terminating PURPA Purchase Obligation for QFs under 20 MW

On October 17, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) ruled on an application from PPL Electric Utilities Corp. to relieve the utility of its mandatory purchase obligation, under Section 210(m) of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (“PURPA”), with respect to IPS Power Engineer Inc.’s qualifying facility (“QF”). IPS Power’s QF, called the Souderton QF, is an 18.1 MW cogenerator. Because PPL Electric is in PJM Interconnection territory, FERC terminated its mandatory purchase obligation for QFs over 20 MW in 2009 under Section 210(m) of PURPA. This has been FERC’s general practice for utilities located in ISOs or RTOs, … Continue reading

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New Mexico utility outside RTO or ISO seeks PURPA Section 210(m) exemption.

The Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (“PURPA”) imposes a must-purchase obligation on regulated utilities to buy electric energy from qualifying facilities, as defined under the act. In 2005, Congress enacted an exception to the purchase obligation under Section 210(m) of PURPA. Section 210(m) grants the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) the authority to exempt an electric utility from its must-purchase obligation if QFs in the utilities territory have “nondiscriminatory access” to at least one of the following 1) an independently administered auction based wholesale electricity market and wholesale markets for long term electricity sales; or 2) interconnection and … Continue reading

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