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  •  I wonder why this registers as no comments ... (5+ / 0-)

    ... and what affect that has had on whether people looked into it.

    Though in posting the wondering, it ought to become out of date.

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    by BruceMcF on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 06:50:06 PM PST

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    •  Comment #3 now (6+ / 0-)

      Did Obama appoint new people to FERC? Their previous position was hostile to wind. Why the change?

      look for my DK Greenroots diary series Thursday evening. "It's the planet, stupid."

      by FishOutofWater on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 07:06:32 PM PST

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      •  I think their previous position was ... (1+ / 0-)
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        ... a narrow reading of the the legislation, and may have been under some pressure from elsewhere in the administration. Indeed, in "clarifying" their ruling, they were in a position to turn down the CPUC appeal of the ruling. A bit more of the same FERC summary above of their October 2010 decision:

        Because FERC granted the CPUC the clarifications it requested, FERC did not address the CPUC’s alternative request for rehearing that argued that FERC was wrong in holding that feed-in tariffs outside of PURPA were pre-empted by federal law. Accordingly, this fundamental jurisdictional issue is not yet ripe for judicial review. For now, unless Congress enacts feed-in tariff legislation, feed-in tariffs in the United States will have to conform to the PURPA model as defined by FERC in this case

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        by BruceMcF on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 08:04:25 PM PST

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      •  or tl;dr version ... (0+ / 0-)

        ... in giving way on this point, since CPUC put in a request for a clarification OR appeal, they could keep the CPUC from appealing the primary decision in court.

        For that to work, they had to make their "clarification" something that was unlikely to be overturned in its own narrow ground.

        They may, however, have gotten caught in a status quo bias ~ existing renewable energy portfolio legislation has substantial limitations in how effective a feed-in tariff that can be justified on avoided cost grounds ... but renewable energy portfolio legislation written with this ruling in mind, to pave the way for a feed-in tariff would likely give a much more satisfactory feed-in tariff.

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        by BruceMcF on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 08:22:45 PM PST

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    •  I thought likewise. nt (2+ / 0-)
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      Exspectamus et vigilamus: quod nolite somnamus.

      by tapu dali on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 07:32:37 PM PST

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