Alan M. Seltzer’s most recent article titled, “The Second Coming of PURPA,” was published in the “Expert Analysis” section of Law360. The article covers how changing conditions in the electric industry have impacted the Public Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA), breathing new life into some long-forgotten legislation.

PURPA, Seltzer explains, was a revolutionary effort to reduce dependence on foreign oil in reaction to long lines at gas stations and quickly rising oil prices in the 1970s. The purpose of PURPA was to “encourage the production of electricity from resources other than traditional fossil fuels, namely oil, gas and coal,” Seltzer writes.

With the recent emphasis on shorter term energy procurement horizons, PURPA’s relevancy and role in the electric industry are increasingly important, some 35 years after the law was originally passed. 

Read the full article – “The Second Coming of PURPA” (Law360, November 5, 2013)