Split FERC Floats Overhaul Of Utility Power Purchase Regs

By Keith Goldberg (September 19, 2019, 1:49 PM EDT) -- A divided Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposed major changes Thursday in how it implements the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, with one commissioner saying the change would "administratively gut the statute" that requires utilities to buy power from small-scale renewable energy producers.

The notice of proposed rulemaking fulfills a priority of FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee to update the agency's long-standing policies under PURPA, which is four decades old and has been criticized by many — especially in the utility industry — as being outdated.

But Democratic Commissioner Richard Glick accused Chatterjee and his fellow Republican Commissioner Bernard McNamee of trying to...

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