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New PURPA Title II Compliance Manual

​The new Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) Title II Compliance Manual, developed by the nonpartisan Institute for Public Utilities at Michigan State University, has been released to the public. The manual provides neutral guidance to state commissions and electric utilities in complying with PURPA, as amended.

The manual also summarizes original PURPA provisions, changes from the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005, and certain recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proceedings and enforcement actions. The manual is meant to be a valuable resource to state commissions, utilities, and those considering investments in renewable resources and cogeneration facilities.

The manual contains the following:

  • Frequently Asked Questions regarding PURPA compliance and implementation;
  • The definition of “avoided cost” and several methods of determining avoided cost;
  • A summary and explanation of PURPA regulations, including the EPAct 2005 changes;
  • And a discussion of recent PURPA-related cases and FERC proceedings. 

Financial support to develop the Compliance Manual was provided by the Edison Electric Institute, American Public Power Association, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

The manual was prepared by Robert E. Burns, an independent consultant and attorney who spent more than 25 years at the National Regulatory Research Institute and Kenneth Rose, PhD, an independent consultant and Senior Fellow with the Institute of Public Utilities at Michigan State University.

Read the manual by clicking here.