PURPA Hearing

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) amends the Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA) by adding two new provisions that must be considered by electric utilities.  The new provisions pertain to (1) demand response and (2) the electrification of the transportation sector.  In accordance with the requirements, electric utilities are to consider the two standards and determine whether to adopt each one by November 15, 2023.

Summary of the new PURPA standards to be considered

  1. Demand Response program goals
    1. Reduce electric consumption during periods of unusually high demand
    2. Establish rate mechanisms to recover the cost of implementation
  2. Electrification of Transportation goals
    1. Promote and improve charging options and charging infrastructure
    2. Encourage third-party investment for charging
    3. Establish rate mechanisms to recover the cost of implementation

The hearing will be held at the Locust Grove Recreation Center Auditorium at 10 Cleveland St. Locust Grove, GA 30248, with participant sign-in beginning at 12:00 p.m. and the hearing commencing at 1:00 p.m. on May 9, 2023.  The hearing schedule may be revised or updated; this site will reflect any changes.

For the latest information regarding the hearing and deadlines, please consult the PURPA manual and the Significant Event Schedule.  The documents are all available on SSEMC’s website, www.ssemc.com/purpa and are available for inspection and copying between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the office of SSEMC, 14750 Brown Bridge Rd, Covington, GA 30016.  Email purpaofficer@ssemc.com, call 770-786-3484 or send a letter for comments or questions.

  • Attn: PURPA Officer
  • Snapping Shoals EMC
  • P.O. Box 509
  • Covington, GA 30015

SSEMC members may request information and members may also intervene and participate as a party of record at the hearing.  See Rule 4 in the PURPA Manual for the proper procedures for intervention.  Snapping Shoals will follow the procedural schedule below in order to fully consider the standards.

Significant Event Schedule

Notice of Intervention Due  March 10, 2023
Requests for Information Due March 25, 2023
Hearing at Locust Grove Recreation Center May 9, 2023
Written Limited Appearances Due June 8, 2023
Record Closes June 23, 2023
Written Determination Deadline November 15, 2023

Shown below are the various documents that are being made available to those interested or desiring to participate in Snapping Shoals EMC's PURPA Proceedings: 

1. PURPA Manual: Description of the rules that will apply to the PURPA process.

2. Notice of PURPA Hearing: Official notice of PURPA hearing.

3. Notice of Intervention: Form to be used by a person interested in intervening in Snapping Shoals EMC's PURPA proceedings. 

4. Limited Appearance By Written Statement: Form to be completed by a person who wishes to make a limited appearance at the PURPA hearing.

5. Request For Information: Form to be used to request information relating to the PURPA proceedings. 

6. Application For Compensation: Form to be used to request compensation relating to the PURPA proceedings. 

7. Application For Transcript: Form to be used to request a copy of the transcript of the PURPA proceedings. 

8. Hearing and Detailed Event Schedule: View the complete list of upcoming events.