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For Immediate Release: March 27, 2013
Contact: Rob Thormeyer, 202-898-9382, rthormeyer@naruc.org

Utility Regulators 'Deeply Disappointed' in FERC Litigation Against Idaho PUC

WASHINGTON—The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners issued the following statement in reaction to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission suing the Idaho Public Utilities Commission over implementation of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act:

“We are deeply disappointed in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s action in this case. It is not at all clear why FERC would take this drastic and unprecedented step at this time. Historically FERC has allowed the parties in such a dispute to resolve their differences either through settlement or litigation between the parties themselves. FERC’s decisions here seem to ignore their own longstanding practice. For the better part of the last ten years, FERC and the States have worked well on several issues, including demand response, competitive procurement, reliability, and gas and electricity interdependencies. Given the challenges the utility sector is facing, FERC and the States should be working as cooperatively as possible. We understand there will be times when we disagree, but it is not at all apparent what FERC intends to achieve by taking a single State to Federal court, particularly when other options are available.”
--NARUC President Philip Jones of Washington
 

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NARUC is a non-profit organization founded in 1889 whose members include the governmental agencies that are engaged in the regulation of utilities and carriers in the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. NARUC's member agencies regulate telecommunications, energy, and water utilities. NARUC represents the interests of State public utility commissions before the three branches of the Federal government.

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