As a former independent power producer, George Lagassa is sympathetic to the woes of the merchant power industry. Until just a few years ago, he held the license...
IEP Challenges BRPU Ruling
The Independent Energy Producers (IEP), a Sacramento-based independent energy advocacy group, has announced that it will petition for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reconsider its ruling that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) violated the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) by requiring two utilities to purchase power at above avoided costs (FERC Docket Nos. EL95-16-000 and EL95-19-000). IEP also urged the CPUC to challenge the ruling, which found that the CPUC's Biennial Resource Plan Update auction violated PURPA as well as the FERC's implementing regulations. "The auction was a state initiative consistent with the objectives of competition, economic growth, and environmental responsibility," said Jan Smutny-Jones, IEP executive director. "FERC was under no obligation to hear the case, and their involvement is unprecedented."
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