By Tim Sylvia | PV Magazine
An amendment to Arizona’s implementation of PURPA rules which would have set minimum contract lengths to 15 years failed to pass last night, and the act now has one last chance to pass before the investment tax credit drops down, and opportunities being to dry up.
Last night, a proposed amendment before Arizona regulators to set power contracts under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) at a minimum of 15 years failed to pass, stalling before the commission to a 2-2-1 vote, with one abstention.
The amendment is not dead, however. Hearings are set to be held this November on the requests of Arizona Public Service, Tucson Electric Power and UNS Energy to standardize power purchase contracts for facilities in excess of 100 kW to a maximum of two years – which would ensure that PURPA is not usable by solar developers.