FERC sues Idaho PUC over wind power rulings

03/25/2013 | Platts

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has filed a lawsuit against the Idaho Public Utilities Commission over its rejection of power purchase agreements between Idaho Power and two wind power developers. In its lawsuit, FERC alleges that state regulators violated the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act when they ruled that Idaho Power was not bound by law to purchase from certain wind projects because the utility did not sign the qualifying facilities contracts before Dec. 14, 2010, when the PUC changed the qualifying threshold from 10 megawatts to 100 kilowatts. A utility's obligation to buy power under PURPA can predate the signing of a contract, FERC said.

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