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Title 3 . Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
Chapter 50 . Telecommunications
Section 820. Definitions

3 AAC 50.820. Definitions

Unless the context indicates otherwise, in 3 AAC 50.750 - 3 AAC 50.820

(1) "avoided costs" means the costs to an electric utility of electric energy or capacity or both, which, but for the purchase from the qualifying facility or qualifying facilities, the utility would generate or purchase from another source;

(2) "back-up power" means electric power supplied by an electric utility during an unscheduled power outage of a facility to replace energy ordinarily generated by the facility's own generation equipment;

(3) "cogeneration" means the production of electric energy and forms of useful thermal energy (such as heat or steam), employed for industrial, commercial, heating, or cooling purposes, through the sequential use of energy;

(4) "detent meter" means a watt-hour meter which can turn in only a forward direction and which is used to measure the number of kilowatt-hours sold to a qualifying facility by an electric utility;

(5) "electric power" means electric energy or capacity, or both;

(6) "firm power" means electric power generated by the qualifying facility, individually or in conjunction with another qualifying facility or facilities, which is supplied to the electric utility in predetermined and reliable quantities at specific times and intervals, and which will enable the electric utility to reduce, defer, or eliminate planned generating units or purchases of capacity;

(7) "interruptible power" means electric power supplied by an electric utility subject to interruption by the electric utility under specified conditions;

(8) "maintenance power" means electric power supplied by an electric utility during scheduled power outages of the qualifying facility;

(9) "non-firm power" means the electric power generated by the qualifying facility which is supplied to the electric utility in unpredictable quantities and at unscheduled times and intervals, and which will enable the electric utility to avoid energy-related costs;

(10) "parallel operation" means a method of interconnection which enables a qualifying facility to generate electric power to meet its electrical consumption needs first and to automatically transmit any surplus electric power to the electric utility, and which also enables the qualifying facility to automatically purchase power from the electric utility if the qualifying facility cannot generate enough power to meet its electrical demands;

(11) "qualifying facility" means a cogeneration facility or a small power production facility which meets the criteria prescribed by Part 292, Subpart B of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Regulations, 18 C.F.R. Part 292, as effective June 30, 1982, including size, fuel use, ownership, and efficiency standards;

(12) "supplementary power" means electric energy or capacity supplied by an electric utility, regularly used by a qualifying facility in addition to that which the facility generates itself;

(13) "system emergency" means a condition on a utility's system which is likely to result in imminent significant disruption of service to customers or is imminently likely to endanger life or property.

History: Eff. 11/20/82, Register 84

Authority: AS 42.05.141

AS 42.05.151

Editor's note: A copy of 18 C.F.R. Part 292, Subpart B, mentioned in 3 AAC 50.820(11) is available for inspection at the offices of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska as specified in 3 AAC 48.010(a) .

As of Register 170 (July 2004), the regulations attorney made technical revisions under AS 44.62.125 (b)(6) to correct authority citations for 3 AAC 50.820.


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