Federal Legislation

Federal policy issues

 

New Source Review/H.R. 172

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  • New Source Review (NSR) has served as a barrier to implementing common sense energy efficiency and other improvements to power generation facilities due to EPA interpretation of the statute and judicial abuse.
  • Basin Electric supports legislation introduced by Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Virginia) to clarify the Clean Air Act and ensure that projects meant to reduce emissions do not trigger New Source Review.

Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act Reform/S. 1760/H.R. 1502

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  • Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) requires utilities to purchase electricity from small electric generators with a capacity of 20 megawatts or less.
  • Since Basin Electric and many other utilities have voluntarily moved forward with development of renewable energy resources, this provision is no longer necessary.
  • Basin Electric supports PURPA reform and a repeal of the mandatory purchase requirement.

USEIT Act/S. 383

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  • Consider cosponsoring the Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies (USEIT) Act.
  • Bipartisan legislation introduced by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) to incentivize carbon capture technology development and deployment.
  • Would support technology centers such as the Integrated Test Center at Basin Electric's Dry Fork Station.

Federal legislation