FERC Seeks Comments on Revisions to Implementation of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act
On October 4, 2019, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) published a notice of proposed rulemaking to revise regulations implementing sections 201 and 210 of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978. The agency states that the regulations implementing the Act have not been updated since the time of its enactment, and therefore do not take into consideration changes in the energy industry as it has grown and modernized. The proposed rule grants the sates various flexibilities with respect to energy rates, modifies electric utilities’ obligation to purchase from qualified facilities, and modifies the “one-mile rule” in addition to various other proposed changes. The Commission has stated that the proposed rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Written comments are due by December 3, 2019.