The Second Coming Of PURPA

Law360, New York (November 5, 2013, 1:09 PM EST) -- The regulation and legal oversight of the energy business is dynamic. Things are changing quickly, often resulting from rapidly changing technology, environmental conditions and regulations, and the overall economy. That’s why it is particularly interesting when these changing conditions breathe new life into old and long-forgotten energy laws.

No better recent example of this phenomenon can be seen than in connection with the Public Regulatory Policies Act of 1978. PURPA was the late 1970s political reaction to the oil embargo and energy crisis of the early...
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