Nearly two years have passed since the United States Congress enacted and the President signed into law the so-called National Energy Act which was actually comprised of five separate acts:

(1) Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA)
(2) Powerplant and Industrial Fuel Use Act (FUA)
(3) Natural Gas Policy Act (NGPA)
(4) Energy Tax Act (ETA)
(5) National Energy Conservation Policy Act (NECPA)

Title II of PURPA addresses, inter alia, the issue of cogeneration: a technology that in recent years has received increasing attention as a method of utilizing our energy sources more efficiently. The first four of the above listed acts affect cogeneration either directly or indirectly. Additionally, the recently enacted Crude Oil Windfall Profit Tax Act and the Energy Security Act also have certain direct and indirect impacts on generation. This paper deals strictly with PURPA.

with much of today's legislation, PURPA mandated a regulatory agency, namely the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), to prescribe rules and regulations to implement certain sections of the law. Those sections of PURPA dealing with cogeneration are Sections 201 and 210. The FERC issued its final rulemakings and orders in early 1980. This treatise addresses economics, rate, regulatory and policy aspects of the rules promulgated by the FERC. Additionally, it briefly touches upon the substantive areas of PURPA requirements from which the FERC's rules emanate.

Meeting Name

7th Annual UMR-MEC Conference on Energy (1980: Oct. 14-16, Rolla, MO)

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings


Management II

Document Version

Final Version

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© 1980 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Publication Date

16 Oct 1980