ConEdison continues PPA fight
Evidentiary hearing in April for PPA dispute with Northwestern Energy
Consolidated Edison Development is continuing a fight to force a South Dakota utility to buy the output from three wind projects.
ConEdison recently bought Juhl Energy Services and took over a pipeline of wind farms totalling more than 500MW, including the Brule, Aurora and Davison developments in South Dakota.
The trio of 20MW projects are designated as qualifying facilities under the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), a federal program designed to stimulate markets for small alternative energy generators.
Under PURPA, Northwestern Energy is required to buy the output at “avoided cost” rates, that is, what it would cost the utility to generate the same amount of electricity.
Northwestern and Juhl started contract talks in October 2015, but were unable to agree on prices for a long-term power purchase agreement.
Juhl asked the state Public Utilities Commission to determine the rates and the commission last week ruled that ConEdison could take over the complaint.
An evidentiary hearing is scheduled in April.
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