Oregon Public Utility Commission

Rule Rule 860-029-0100
Resolution of Disputes for Proposed Negotiated Power Purchase Agreements


(1)

This rule applies to a complaint, filed pursuant to ORS 756.500 (Complaint), regarding the negotiation of a Qualifying Facility power purchase agreement for facilities with a capacity greater than the eligibility threshold for a standard contract for the Qualifying Facility’s resource group. These provisions supplement the generally applicable filing and contested case procedures contained in OAR chapter 860, division 001.

(2)

Before a complaint is filed with the Commission, the Qualifying Facility must have followed the procedures set forth in the applicable public utility’s tariff regarding negotiated power purchase agreements.

(3)

At any time after 60 calendar days from the date a Qualifying Facility has provided written comments to the public utility regarding the public utility’s draft power purchase agreement, the Qualifying Facility may file a complaint with the Commission asking for adjudication of any unresolved terms and conditions of its proposed agreement with the public utility.

(4)

A Qualifying Facility filing a complaint under this rule is the “complainant.” The public utility against whom the complaint is filed is the “respondent.”

(5)

The complaint must contain each of the following, as described by the complainant:

(a)

A statement that the Qualifying Facility provided written comments to the utility on the draft power purchase agreement at least 60 calendar days before the filing of the complaint.

(b)

A statement of the attempts at negotiation or other methods of informal dispute resolution undertaken by the negotiating parties.

(c)

A statement of the specific unresolved terms and conditions.

(d)

A description of each party’s position on the unresolved provisions.

(e)

A proposed agreement encompassing all matters, including those on which the parties have reached agreement and those that are in dispute.

(6)

Along with the complaint, the Qualifying Facility must submit written direct testimony that includes all information upon which the complainant bases its claims.

(7)

The Commission will serve a copy of the complaint upon the respondent. Service may be made by electronic mail if the Commission verifies the respondent’s electronic mail address to service of the complaint and a delivery receipt is maintained in the official file. Within 10 calendar days of service of the complaint, the respondent must file its response with the Commission, addressing in detail each claim raised in the complaint and a description of the respondent’s position on the unresolved provisions. The respondent may also identify and present any additional issues for which the respondent seeks resolution.

(8)

Along with its response the respondent must submit written direct testimony that includes all information upon which the respondent relies to support its position.

(9)

An assigned Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) will conduct a conference with the parties to identify disputed issues, to establish a procedural schedule and to adopt procedures for the complaint proceeding. To accommodate the need for flexibility and to implement the intent of this streamlined complaint process, the ALJ retains the discretion to adopt appropriate procedures provided such procedures are fair, treat the parties equitably, and substantially comply with this rule. Such procedures may include, but are not limited to, hosting a technical workshop, holding a hearing, or submitting written comments.

(10)

Only the counterparties to the agreement will have full party status. The ALJ may confer with members of the Commission Staff for technical assistance.

(11)

After the hearing, or other procedures set forth in section (9), if the Commission determines that a term or provision of the proposed agreement is not just, fair, and reasonable, it may reject the proposed term or provision and may prescribe a just and reasonable term or provision. The Commission’s review is limited to the open issues identified in the complaint and in the response.

(12)

Within 15 business days after the Commission issues its final order, the public utility must prepare a final version of the power purchase agreement complying with the Commission decision and serve it upon the Qualifying Facility. Within 10 days of service of the final power purchase agreement, the Qualifying Facility and the public utility may sign and file the agreement with the Commission, may request clarification whether the agreement terms comply with the Commission order, or may apply for rehearing or reconsideration of the order. The terms and conditions in the power purchase agreement will not be final and binding until the agreement is executed by both parties.

(13)

The provisions of any power purchase agreement approved pursuant to this rule apply only to the parties to the agreement and are not to be considered as precedent for any other power purchase agreement negotiation or adjudication.
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Jun. 8, 2021