In what could end future qualifying facilities (QFs) purchases by utilities in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), on September 25, 2007, Southwestern Public Service Company, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company, Public Service Company of Oklahoma and Southwestern Electric Power Company asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to end the QF mandatory purchase obligation. Utilities in the SPP region want to follow in the footsteps of other regions that have ended future QF purchases pursuant to the authority granted FERC in the Energy Policy Act of 2005— authority that significantly alters almost 30 years of IPP industry development.
Specifically, the filing requests that SPP members no longer be required to enter into new contracts or obligations to purchase electric energy from qualifying cogeneration facilities and qualifying small power production facilities with a net capacity greater than 20 MW within their respective service territories. The filing would not affect existing QF contracts or an extension of QF purchases under an existing QF contract if provided for under the contract.
Interventions and protests on the filing must be filed by 5 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, October 23, 2007.