Barrasso Reintroduces Bill to Modernize PURPA, Protect Electricity Customers


The Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 was passes as part of the National Energy Act in order to combat the energy crisis of the 1970s. It worked, but the energy world has drastically changed in the 40 years since.

The “Updating Purchase Obligations to Deploy Affordable Resources to Energy Markets Under PURPA Act” (or the UPDATE PURPA Act) makes the following commonsense reforms to PURPA:

• Protects electricity customers from having to pay for unnecessary PURPA costs.
• Empowers state public utility commissions and non-regulated utilities to waive PURPA’s mandatory purchase obligation if additional power is not required to meet customers’ electricity needs. 
• Ensures a level playing field for energy resources by requiring more PURPA resources to participate in energy markets. 
• Prevents abuse of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's one-mile rule.

Read more at Wyoming Senator Barrasso’s website.