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Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act

Congress enacted the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) to promote conservation of energy, efficient use of facilities and resources, and equitable rates to customers.

PURPA set forth electric utility service practice and rate-making standards for consideration by state regulatory authorities and non-regulated utilities. The Act tasked state regulatory authorities and non-regulated utilities with considering whether the adoption of the proposed standards would further the Act’s objectives.

Under PURPA, TVA is authorized to make the final determinations on the suitability of these standards for implementation for itself and for the distributors of TVA power. In considering these standards for implementation, TVA creates an official record upon which the TVA Board of Directors bases its determinations. In making its determination on each standard, the TVA Board has the option of adopting the standard as written, adopting the standard in a modified form, or finding the adoption of the standard not necessary or appropriate.

Over the years, PURPA has been amended to include additional standards related to electric utilities. TVA has considered those standards under the PURPA procedural requirements.  The PURPA standards that the TVA Board has considered and made determinations on are detailed below.

PURPA Service Practice Standards

In September 1979, the TVA Board of Directors considered and made determinations on the service practice standards set forth in PURPA.  Please see the Federal Register Notice setting forth TVA’s Determinations on Service Practice Standards

PURPA Ratemaking Standards

In April 1981, the TVA Board of Directors considered and made determinations on the ratemaking standards set forth in PURPA. Please see TVA’s Determinations on Ratemaking Standards.

The Standards set forth in PURPA as amended by the Energy Policy Act of 2005

In August 2007, the TVA Board of Directors considered and made determinations on the standards set forth in PURPA as amended by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Please see TVA’s Determinations on the EPAct PURPA standards.

The Standards set forth in PURPA as amended by Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007

In January 2010, the TVA Board of Directors considered and made determination on the standards set forth in PURPA as amended by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.  Please see TVA’s Determinations on the EISA PURPA standards.

 

           
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