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Section 37-12-1

Section 37-12-1
Short title.

This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the 'Alabama Cogeneration Act of 1983.'

(Acts 1983, No. 83-574, p. 880, §1.)Section 37-12-2

Section 37-12-2
Declaration of public policy.

It is hereby declared to be the public policy of this state to encourage the development of cogeneration facilities to conserve energy resources and further industrial economic development in this state to the extent such encouragement is not inconsistent with the maintenance of just and reasonable electric rates to consumers of electric utilities. It is necessary for growth and job opportunities to encourage new investment in energy producing systems to remain competitive and allow for the sustained economic development of this state, consistent with just and reasonable treatment of electric consumers of this state.

(Acts 1983, No. 83-574, p. 880, §2.)Section 37-12-3

Section 37-12-3
Rules and regulations governing.

In furtherance of the policy set forth in Section 37-12-2, the rules and regulations relating to cogeneration facilities and cogenerators in the State of Alabama and the treatment of such facilities and cogenerators with respect to the capacity and energy produced in such facilities shall be governed by the applicable provisions of the regulations relating thereto which have been promulgated as of July 6, 1983 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission under Sections 201 and 210 of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, ('PURPA'), 16 U.S.C. §796(17)-(22) and 16 U.S.C. §824 a-3 (Supp. V); such regulations being embodied in 18 Code of Federal Regulations Sections 292.101 through 292.602. Said regulations are incorporated by reference as if fully set out herein. A copy of said regulations, as complied and published in 18 Code of Federal Regulations Part 292 as of July 6, 1983 and incorporated in a volume entitled 'Regulations Relating to Cogeneration Facilities Adopted for the State of Alabama,' shall be maintained by the secretary of the Alabama Public Service Commission.

(Acts 1983, No. 83-574, p. 880, §3; Acts 1984, No. 84-259, p. 431, §1.)Section 37-12-4

Section 37-12-4
Implementation of chapter by Alabama Public Service Commission.

The Alabama Public Service Commission ('the commission') is hereby authorized and directed to take all necessary steps to implement the provisions of this chapter as it affects utilities already subject to the jurisdiction of the commission and to promulgate rules and regulations consistent with the provisions hereof. Any such rule or regulation promulgated under the chapter shall be adopted pursuant to a determination by the commission, supported by substantial evidence, that such rule or regulation is in the public interest and shall be just and reasonable to the electric consumers of any electric utility affected. Any cogenerator or electric utility may petition the commission for appropriate relief under this chapter, and the commission will act on any such petition within 180 days. Any cogenerator or electric utility may petition the commission for approval of a contract between them, which approval will be granted within 60 days of such petition unless the contract is clearly contrary to the policy and purposes of this chapter or is otherwise unlawful. Payments required to be made by a utility to a cogenerator pursuant to any contract approved under this chapter, or pursuant to other relief afforded under this chapter, shall be afforded appropriate treatment by the commission to assure full and expedient recovery in the rates charged by the utility which are subject to the commission's jurisdiction. If the commission action on any petition is inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter, or is otherwise unlawful, the petitioner or any party to the proceedings may bring an action within 30 days after the date of the commission order or the expiration of the applicable 60 or 180-day period, in the Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Alabama, to seek appropriate relief consistent with the policy, purposes and provisions of this chapter.

(Acts 1983, No. 83-574, p. 880, §4.)Section 37-12-5

Section 37-12-5
Purchase of coal produced in Alabama required.

In order to enforce the provisions of this chapter, a cogenerator who uses coal as a fuel source to produce electrical power shall purchase coal produced in the State of Alabama provided that such Alabama coal is available to the cogenerator at prices and under terms and conditions (including availability, quantity, quality and reliability of supplier) at least as favorable as coal produced outside the State of Alabama.

(Acts 1983, No. 83-574, p. 880, §5.)

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