How Calculating FERC’s 1-Mile Rule Could Affect Renewable Energy Projects

By [email protected] As the vigorous pace of wind and solar energy development continues, the ability of renewable projects to obtain Qualifying Facility status under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 can be critical to a renewable project’s financing options — and thus its viability. It can also have important implications for the interconnected utility purchasing the project’s output and the rates of that utility’s customers.

A pending application before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) sets the stage for the regulatory body to clarify aspects of its so-called “one-mile rule” that may influence the way certain renewable projects are

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