NOTICE OF PROPOSED JOINT PURPA IMPLEMENTATION PLAN OF CERTAIN ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES AND PETITION FOR WAIVER
Dairyland Power Cooperative (“Dairyland”) and its Member-owners joining in this petition (Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative, Inc., Barron Electric Cooperative, Bayfield Electric Cooperative, Inc., Chippewa Valley Electric Cooperative, Clark Electric Cooperative, Dunn Energy Cooperative, Eau Claire Energy Cooperative, Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services, Heartland Power Cooperative, Jackson Electric Cooperative, Jo-Carroll Energy, Jump River Electric Cooperative, Inc., MiEnergy Cooperative, Oakdale Electric Cooperative, People’s Energy Cooperative, Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services, Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative, Price Electric Cooperative, Inc., Richland Electric Cooperative, Riverland Energy Cooperative, St. Croix Electric Cooperative, Scenic Rivers Energy Cooperative, Taylor Electric Cooperative, and Vernon Electric Cooperative) hereby give notice of their proposed Joint PURPA Implementation Plan (“Implementation Plan”) to implement jointly their obligations under Section 210 of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (“PURPA”) and under Part 292 of the Regulations of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”). Section 210 was enacted to encourage production of electric energy by qualifying cogeneration and small power production facilities (“QFs”). Dairyland and the Participating Members further give notice that on or after Dec. 29, 2020, they will file with FERC a joint petition for waiver of certain obligations under Section 292.303 of the FERC’s Regulations.
Part 292 of FERC’s Regulations sets forth the requirements regarding arrangements between electric utilities and QFs. Part 292 requires electric utilities to purchase and sell energy and capacity from and to QFs. Under the proposed Implementation Plan (and subject to terms and conditions imposed pursuant thereto), Dairyland and the Participating Members would agree to (1) permit any QF to interconnect with the transmission or distribution system of any Participating Member to the extent such QF is entitled to interconnection under Part 292; (2) if elected by a Participating Member, permit any QF to sell energy and capacity to Dairyland at rates that comply with Part 292 to the extent that (a) such Participating Member would otherwise be required to purchase from such QF and (b) the QF delivers power to the Participating Member’s system at a point where the Participating Member provides retail service with energy purchased from Dairyland; and (3) permit any QF, regardless of capacity, to purchase supplementary, backup, maintenance and interruptible power on either a firm or nonfirm basis from a Participating Member at rates that comply with Part 292. The proposed Implementation Plan may be modified based on public comments, FERC’s response to the petition for waiver described below, or otherwise as appropriate.
The proposed Implementation Plan is available for review by interested parties at the offices of Dairyland. Copies will be sent to interested parties upon request. Written comments on the proposed Implementation Plan must be submitted on or before Dec. 28, 2020, to Dairyland Power Cooperative, Attention: John Young, Chief Risk Officer, 3200 East Ave. S, La Crosse, WI 54601 or by emailing email@example.com. Copies of written comments will be made available to interested parties. In addition, any interested party may request a public hearing on the proposed Implementation Plan by submitting a written request to the above address no later than Dec. 28, 2020. If timely and properly requested, one or more hearings on the Implementation Plan will take place prior to the FERC filing referenced below. Details regarding the date, time and location of any such hearing(s) will be sent to each person requesting a hearing. A representative of Dairyland and the Participating Members will be present at the hearing(s).
In connection with the proposed Implementation Plan, and pursuant to Section 292.402 of FERC’s Regulations, on or after Dec. 29, 2020, Dairyland, on behalf of itself and the Participating Members, intends to apply for a waiver of certain obligations under Section 292.303 of FERC’s Regulations which, if granted, would result in purchases from QFs being made by Dairyland and all sales to QFs interconnected with the Participating Members being made by the Participating Members. More information on the waiver request is provided in the Implementation Plan. Persons wishing to comment on the waiver request should follow the procedures for written and oral comments on the Joint PURPA Implementation Plan.