PURPA Must Continue to Support Fairness, Competition and Clean Energy in Electricity Markets

Following is a comment by Christopher Mansour, vice president of federal affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on the need to maintain the pro-solar provisions of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA).

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following is a comment by Christopher Mansour, vice president of federal affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on the need to maintain the pro-solar provisions of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA). The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is reviewing PURPA during a daylong conference in Washington today.

"The electric power market competition created by PURPA is more relevant today than ever. Not only does the must-purchase obligation create a level of competition that requires larger electric utilities to innovate, but the principles that led to its creation in 1978, such as the need for clean energy, energy efficiency and independent power generation, remain critical elements of any credible modern energy plan.
"FERC action and oversight is needed to ensure that states and utilities uphold their obligations under PURPA. We have already seen trends toward unworkably short contract durations, egregious interconnection costs and timeline delays that put small generators at an unfair disadvantage."


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