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FERC gives notice of intent to enforce PURPA against the Idaho PUC

On Tuesday, November 20, 2012, FERC issued a Notice of Intent to Act and Declaratory Order, declaring its intent to initiate an enforcement action in federal court against the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (IPUC) under Section 210(h)(2)(A) of PURPA. In doing so, FERC is challenging the IPUC’s rejection of three Firm Energy Sales Agreements between Idaho Power Company and three under-10 average MW wind qualifying facilities proposed by Murphy Flat Power, LLC (Murphy Flat). The IPUC initially rejected the agreements on June 8, 2011 because they contained avoided cost rates that the Commission changed (lowered) before the agreements were fully … Continue reading

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Benefits (and Pitfalls) of Sharing Qualifying Facility Interconnections

Benefits (and Pitfalls) of Sharing Qualifying Facility Interconnections by Ken Kaufmann, Partner, and Charles von Reis, Senior Associate, Lovinger Kaufmann LLP[1] September 2012   I.  Introduction Much of the wind and solar generation under development in the western United States is built and operated by private energy companies who contract to sell their output as qualifying facilities (QFs) to an electric utility pursuant to the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA).[2]  These new generators naturally cluster in areas with favorable sun and wind conditions, often in remote areas with little existing electrical infrastructure.  Solar and wind resources often … Continue reading

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BPA Offers Compromise to Wind Developers on Excess Generation Costs

For the past year the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and Northwest Wind developers have been in conflict over how to resolve seasonal electricity oversupply. Oversupply usually occurs in the spring when melting snow causes high river flows and BPA’s hydroelectric facilities must generate above normal levels to safely send the water downstream. Because BPA is generating more electricity than normal during this time, a reduction in output must occur to balance the system out and prevent possible overloads to the transmission system. During the spring of 2011, BPA managed this oversupply by replacing thermal and wind generation on the system … Continue reading

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