Republicans Ask FERC to Reevaluate Renewable Energy-Enabling Law

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg Business.

Three Republican lawmakers asked the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reevaluate a landmark 1978 law that helped promote wider use of energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Senator Lisa Murkowski and representatives Fred Upton and Ed Whitfield, who all lead energy committees or subcommittees, submitted a letter Nov. 6 asking FERC to hold a technical conference on the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act.

The law requires utilities to purchase power from renewable energy projects under some circumstances. The three legislators said that a policy drafted when clean-power technologies were still emerging may need to be revisited.