Tag: qualifying facilities

How Should Storage be Counted? FERC Is Asked To Decide the Role of Storage in Calculating QF Capacity

Is a co-located storage facility and wind or solar facility considered to be one qualifying facility (“QF”) under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (“PURPA”)? Or multiple QFs? How will the aggregate capacity of such storage plus wind/solar QF(s) be measured?  If the storage will only be charged from the co-located wind/solar facility, will the … Continue Reading

Michigan’s PURPA Overhaul – Updating Avoided Cost Calculations And Expanding Standard Offer Contracts

For the first time in almost 30 years, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) is overhauling its implementation of PURPA. The last time the MPSC evaluated Consumers Energy Company’s (Consumers) avoided cost methodology, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) had not been created and the generation market was vastly different than it is today. The … Continue Reading

Idaho QFs Petition FERC to Approve Sale of Unbundled RECs Into California

  On December 15, 2010, Idaho Wind Partners 1, LLC (“Idaho Wind”) filed a petition for declaratory order with FERC (Docket EL11-12) on behalf of its eleven qualifying facilities ("QFs") in Idaho to approve an unconventional plan to sell RECs into California.  Idaho Wind is seeking confirmation that the plan (1) would not violate any of … Continue Reading

Idaho PUC Issues Proposal to Revise Prices Paid to QF Wind Generators Under PURPA

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has issued a straw man proposal that lays out plans to revise the surrogate avoided resource (SAR) methodology used to calculate avoided cost rates for wind generators.  The "avoided cost" is the price paid to Qualifying Facilities that are selling power to Idaho utilities under the Public Utility Regulatory … Continue Reading
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