Palo Verde Disallowance Upheld

Fortnightly Magazine - July 1 1995
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A Texas Court of Appeals in Austin has turned back an appeal by El Paso Electric Co. (EPE) challenging a state commission ruling that disallowed rate recovery of the utility's investment in the Palo Verde Unit 3 nuclear generating plant as excess capacity. It rejected the utility's claim that use of the plant for base-load and offsystem wholesales warranted cost recovery.

DC PSC RFP Technical Consultant for Formal Case (FC) No. 1156

The Palo Verde disallowance had come in a 1992 commission rate order. That order postponed Unit 3 cost recovery until the capacity became "used and useful" in increments for system capacity requirements, since EPE had imprudently failed to reduce its massive investment in the project, according to state regulators.

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