The Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (or PURPA, Pub.L. 95–617, 92 Stat. 3117, enacted November 9, 1978) is a United States Act passed as part of the National Energy Act. It was meant to promote energy conservation (reduce demand) and promote greater use of domestic energy and renewable energy (increase supply). The Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) encouraged
- creating a market for power from non-utility power producers
- increased efficiency by making use of cogeneration
- ending promotional rate structures
- encouraging the development of hydroelectric power
- the conservation of electric energy and natural gas
Wolverine Cooperative, on behalf of itself and its distribution cooperative members (of which PIE&G is one), is petitioning the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a partial waiver of Sections 292.303(a) and 292.303(b), which can be viewed here on the Legal Information Institute website.