SEIA challenges PURPA adjustments that might discourage solar improvement
Yesterday, the Solar Energy Industries Association filed a petition with the Ninth Circle Court of Appeal of FERC Regulation No. 872 for review illegally obstructing the development of Qualified Facilities (QF) under the Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA).
The order removes QFs’ right to long-term, fixed-rate contracts and arbitrarily extends the “one mile rule”, creating several new regulations that hinder solar development. These acts are illegal and directly contradict the intent of the PURPA Statute.
Note: FERC has indicated that further review of its order is planned. SEIA’s petition protects its interests before the Court of Justice in the event that FERC’s review is inadequate and asks the Court to stay the proceedings for 60 days to allow FERC to issue a future decision.
The following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association:
“This attack on PURPA is an attack on competition. FERC Regulation No. 872 clearly contradicts applicable law and protects the interests of incumbent utilities at the expense of regular customers. The changes approved by FERC will hinder QF development and allow utilities to bypass one of the few tools we have to use to increase competition in the monopoly dominated area. We are asking the court to declare Order No. 872 invalid.
“PURPA is a major driver of solar jobs and investments and is responsible for ensuring that solar systems are switched online on a supply scale nationwide. FERC Ordinance No. 872 threatens the advancement of solar energy at a time our nation can least afford. As part of SEIA’s Solar + Decade goals, solar energy will provide 20% of total electricity generation by 2030, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and hundreds of billions of dollars in investment while addressing our growing climate crisis. “
Message from SEIA