An Overview of the Implementation of PURPA

by Leslie Eden, Hydro Consultants Inc, Boston, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '85


In November of 1978, Congress enacted a major piece of legislation that started a new direction in how energy resources in this country would be developed in the next decade. The Act, known as the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) was part of a major package of legislation known as the National Energy Act and it took an aggressive stance to foster new power development markets. Because of the uncertainties posed to the utility industry by PURPA's incentives, the mandate to accommodate and buy power from small power producers became the focus of some extensive legal battles in the early years of PURPA implementation. This paper reviews federal implementation of PURPA, and implementation activities in the 50 states.

Subject Headings: Electric power | Power plants | Uncertainty principles | Industries | Legal affairs | Federal government | Public policy | Lifeline systems

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