The Ohio Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has proposed regulations to allow electric utilities to use fuel-cost clauses to recover gains or losses from trading Clean Air Act emission allowances....
Idaho Reforms QF Rules
The Idaho Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has modified the method electric utilities must use to conduct avoided-cost negotiations with qualifying cogeneration facilities (QFs). A new interim standard for large QF projects (greater than 1 megawatt) calculates avoided costs based not on displaced purchases from a single, hypothetical power plant, but on information in the utility's resource plan.
The PUC also reduced the minimum QF/utility contract length from 20 to five years, noting that a 20-year obligation did not reflect the industry's current reliance on short-term purchasing strategies for supply: "We can find no justification for insisting that Idaho's investor-owned utilities and their ratepayers assume such an obligation simply to foster one particular segment of an increasingly competitive industry." In response to the contract-length reduction, the state's major utilities agreed that all large QFs should be entitled to levelized rates upon request. Re Idaho Power Co., Case No. IPC-E-95-9, Order No. 26576, Sept. 4, 1996 (Idaho P.U.C.).
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