What Is PURPA?

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007) included additions to the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA).  The new law requires Holy Cross Energy and other utility companies to consider and determine if any of several new standards should be adopted, based on evidence collected from interested parties.  However, it does not require the adoption of these standards, only their consideration.

The new standards under consideration are:

  1. Integrated Resource Planning,
  2. Rate Design Modifications to promote Energy Efficiency Investments,
  3. Consideration of Smart Grid Investments,
  4. Smart Grid Information.

Any consumer who purchases electricity from HCE may submit evidence in written form before the public hearing or in oral form at the hearing.  The public notice including details on the consideration process and the original legislative language are posted here.

For further information or to participate in the PURPA consideration, please contact:

Chris Hildred
Special Projects Engineer
Phone: 970-947-5414
Email: childred@holycross.com
Mail: Holy Cross Energy
Attn: Chris Hildred
P.O. Box 2150
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602

Public Notice of PURPA Recommendations

In order to allow public input in the consideration of the new standards, Holy Cross gave notice to its consumers that it would accept written comments and conduct a hearing if necessary. Although Holy Cross gave written notice (as well as notice on the Holy Cross web page), no consumer submitted written comments or any other evidence in support of or opposed to any of the federal standards. However, the Holy Cross staff examined the new standards and developed recommendations for the Holy Cross Board to consider in discharging the requirements of the Act.   The Board approved the staff recommendations during the October 2009 Board of Directors meeting.


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