Renewable Energy Prices in State-Level Feed-in Tariffs: Federal Law Constraints and Possible Solutions

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State legislatures and state utility commissions trying to attract renewable energy projects are considering feed-in tariffs, which obligate retail utilities to purchase electricity from renewable producers under standard arrangements specifying prices, terms, and conditions. The use of feed-in tariffs simplifies the purchase process, provides revenue certainty to generators, and reduces the cost of financing generating projects. However, some argue that federal law--including the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) and the Federal Power Act of 1935 (FPA)--constrain state-level feed-in tariffs. This report seeks to reduce the legal uncertainties for states contemplating feed-in tariffs by explaining the constraints imposed ... continued below

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Hempling, S.; Elefant, C.; Cory, K. & Porter, K. January 1, 2010.

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State legislatures and state utility commissions trying to attract renewable energy projects are considering feed-in tariffs, which obligate retail utilities to purchase electricity from renewable producers under standard arrangements specifying prices, terms, and conditions. The use of feed-in tariffs simplifies the purchase process, provides revenue certainty to generators, and reduces the cost of financing generating projects. However, some argue that federal law--including the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) and the Federal Power Act of 1935 (FPA)--constrain state-level feed-in tariffs. This report seeks to reduce the legal uncertainties for states contemplating feed-in tariffs by explaining the constraints imposed by federal statutes. It describes the federal constraints, identifies transaction categories that are free of those constraints, and offers ways for state and federal policymakers to interpret or modify existing law to remove or reduce these constraints. This report proposes ways to revise these federal statutes. It creates a broad working definition of a state-level feed-in tariff. Given this definition, this report concludes there are paths to non-preempted, state-level feed-in tariffs under current federal law.

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  • Report No.: NREL/TP-6A2-47408
  • Grant Number: AC36-99-GO10337
  • DOI: 10.2172/971096 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 971096
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc927127

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Hempling, S.; Elefant, C.; Cory, K. & Porter, K. Renewable Energy Prices in State-Level Feed-in Tariffs: Federal Law Constraints and Possible Solutions, report, January 1, 2010; Golden, Colorado. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc927127/: accessed June 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.