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Wednesday, June 13, 2007 01:06 pm

PURPA haze

Environmentalists ask CWLP to accept new energy standards

Untitled Document A local environmental group is calling on City Water, Light & Power to adopt five standards of the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act. But federal law only requires that CWLP consider the new standards, formally accepting or rejecting them by August. “We’re not required not to do anything right away. That would be up to City Council,” says CWLP regulatory-affairs manager Bill Murray. Agreeing to adopt the standards will have no immediate financial impact unless the council chooses to implement them, Murray says. However, Clean Energy Springfield hopes that the council will choose to act. Group member Greg Claxton says that his organization wants CWLP to implement the new standards, which would put Springfield on the path to energy self-reliance and long-term sustainability. Passed in 2005, the new standards promotes conservation and alternative sources of energy by making net metering, time-use metering, and interconnection services available, as well as encouraging a fuel-diversity strategy and improved efficiency of the utility’s fossil-fuel use. At a May 30 CWLP public hearing, utility officials presented their recommendation that the agency accept each of the five standards with some modifications. About a half-dozen members of the public in attendance were also given the opportunity to make comments, provide testimony, and ask questions related to these standards. Additional written comments will be accepted through June 21.
Contact R.L. Nave at rnave@illinoistimes.com
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