Friday, June 5, 2015

Pioneer Wind Park PPA Subject to PURPA Review

The Wyoming Public Service Commission will review the Pioneer Wind Park Power Purchase Agreement

Cheyenne, June 5, 2015. In an important development on Thursday, June 4, Michael Robinson of the Wyoming Attorney General’s office - agreeing with the position long taken by NLRA - told a district court in Cheyenne that the Wyoming Public Service Commission (WPSC) will review the Pioneer Wind Park Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to determine whether it complies with federal law.

The Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) and WPSC regulations implementing it require the WPSC to review the Pioneer PPA and to consider whether the PPA complies with PURPA and WPSC regulations. It remains unclear what will be the context for this review. It could be a separate proceeding in the WPSC (as occurs in other states) or it could occur as part of WPSC’s review of Rocky Mountain Power’s pending application for approval of its electricity rates.

We will bring everyone up to date as this important story develops.